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National Film Theatre

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 30 July 2007, Official Report, column 1594W, on the National Film Theatre, if he will make a statement about future plans for the library of the British Film Institute. (156246)

The British Film Institute (BFI) is in advanced discussions with the Higher Education sector to achieve a long term strategic partnership that would provide much needed new investment and improved access to the BFI’s world leading collections, including the Library, as a significant research resource.

Such a partnership would also enable the BFI to develop international scholarship, training and teaching programmes which fully utilise the Nation’s film and TV collections.

In the longer term, it is intended that the partnership would continue by establishing a centre of research excellence within a National Film Centre being proposed by the BFI for 2012-13.