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Classic Film And Television

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Minister for the Arts what steps he is taking to help preserve classic works of film and television.

The British Film Institute, which I fund, maintains the National Film Archive, and spent £5·2 million on the transfer and preservation of film in 1986–87. The National Heritage Memorial Fund donated £62,000 to the archive in 1986–87, specifically for the preservation of classic films. Thanks to Mr. John Paul Getty's extremely generous benefaction, a new conservation centre has been built at Berkhamsted, and will be fully operational this summer.