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Museums

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what budget has been available to museums for acquisitions in each year since 1980. (87617)

Museums have a number of sources of funding for acquisitions available to them. These include government funding (be it national or local), self generated income, private donations and grants available from bodies such as the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We do not keep figures on each of the different funding streams available for all museums.

The Government do not ring-fence acquisition budgets for the cultural institutions that it sponsors. This ceased in 1992 and allows sponsored museums and galleries the freedom to choose how they spend their grant in aid. Overall grant in aid for directly sponsored national museums and galleries increased from £205.17 million in 1997-98 to £314.93 million in 2006-07.

We are aware of concerns relating to the level of funding museums and galleries have available for acquisitions. We will continue to engage with interested groups, and are always willing to listen to their ideas with regard to acquisitions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the percentage of revenue savings through efficiency savings required from museums in the next financial year. (87619)

Museums and galleries participating in the DCMS efficiency project are required to make savings of 2.5 per cent. of their grant in aid per annum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the change was in funding to museums in each year since 1997 (a) without taking inflation into account and (b) taking inflation into account. (87620)

Tables giving details of increases in grant in aid to 17 DCMS sponsored museums since 1997 (a) without taking inflation into account and (b) taking inflation into account are in the following tables:

Table A:Grant in aid allocated to 17 DCMS sponsored museums1 1997-98 to 2007-08

£ million2

Percentage change

1997-98

205.17

1998-99

203.46

-0.8

1999-2000

218.31

+7.3

2000-01

226.29

+3.7

2001-02

241.46

+6.7

2002-03

264.96

+9.7

2003-04

275.63

+4.0

2004-05

280.37

+1.7

2005-06

291.99

+4.1

2006-07

314.93

+7.9

2007-08

335.66

+6.6

1 Covers DCMS funding allocated to 17 DCMS Sponsored museums. Excludes allocations to some smaller museums and DCMS funding streams open to museums and galleries such as Strategic Commissioning, and the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. 2 £ million not taking inflation into account.

Table B: Grant in aid (CiA) allocated to 17 DCMS sponsored museums1 1997-98 to 2007-08

£ million2

Percentage change

1997-98

Base

1998-99

197.75

-3.75

1999-2000

207.59

+4.7

2000-01

212.43

+2.3

2001-02

220.88

+3.8

2002-03

234.43

+5.8

2003-04

237.26

+1.2

2004-05

235.89

-0.6

2005-06

239.63

+1.6

2006-07

251.71

+4.8

2007-08

261.22

+3.6

1 Covers DCMS funding allocated to 17 DCMS Sponsored museums. Excludes allocations to some smaller museums and DCMS funding streams open to museums and galleries such as Strategic Commissioning, and the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. 2 £ million taking inflation into account, using 1997 as base year

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors to publicly-funded museums in London there were in each year since 1997. (87777)

The number of visits to museums and galleries in London funded directly by this Department in each year since 1997 are set out in the following table:

Number of visits (million)

1997-98

20.3

1998-99

19.5

1999-2000

19.2

2000-01

23.7

2001-02

24.4

2002-03

27.0

2003-04

28.3

2004-05

28.5

2005-06

26.8

We do not hold visit data on the 67 London museums which are funded by the Ministry of Defence, local authorities, universities and the Greater London authority.