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Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will subsidise the entry fee to cultural institutions for children from low income households to ensure that every child experiences five hours of culture a week. (189068)

On 13 February 2008 we announced a £25 million Find Your Talent programme of 10 pilots that will trial ways of delivering a structured five hour cultural offer.

This programme, which will help inform our plans for a national roll out of the offer, builds on the Government’s already considerable investment into these areas. This includes the support we give to enable free entry to National Museums, the Creative Partnerships programme which will receive over £110 million over the next three years, and the recently announced £332 million programme to support school music.

We have published a prospectus seeking applications from partnerships in local areas around the country and each partnership can apply for up to £2.5 million over three years. While we would expect the majority of money to be spent directly on new activity for young people it can also be used for skills assessments, training and CPD to those implementing delivery, or subsidising entry fees to local cultural institutions.