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National Museum Of Wales

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what funds voted for the purchase of specimens by the National Museum of Wales during 1986–87 were vired for other purposes; and if he will specify the sums and the purposes for which authority to vire was granted.

£545,245. of which £456,166 was for salaries and general administrative expenditure including the costs of mounting the dinosaurs exhibition and £89,079 for capital works.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has given authority to the National Museum of Wales to vire funds voted for the purchase of specimens during 1987–88; and if he will specify the sums and the purposes for which the authority to vire was granted.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will specify the departmental operating budgets of the curatorial departmemts of the National Museum of Wales in 1986–87; and those approved for 1987–88.

Decisions on departmental operating budgets are a matter for the National Museum within the total grant in aid allocation.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many new posts have been created in the National Museum of Wales since 1 February 1986 with the approval of his Department; and if he will specify them.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether the report of the full independent inquiry into the conduct and management of the Department of Art of the National Museum of Wales has now been delivered; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

The National Museum of Wales commissioned the inquiry into the conduct and management of the art department. Decisions about the dissemination of the report which has been received are therefore a matter for the museum authorities.