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British Museum: Grant For Acquisitions

Volume 670: debated on Wednesday 2 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the grant for acquisitions for the British Museum in each year since 1997, expressed in real terms. [HL1398]

Grant in aid provision to the British Museum and to the other DCMS sponsored museums and galleries is not hypothecated. Each museum is free to apportion its grant in aid to acquisitions as it sees fit. Grant in aid supplements self-generated income.Information on the acquisitions spend of the British Museum and the other sponsored museums and galleries is published in the DCMS annual report, and may be obtained from the Library of the House. This includes spending of both self-generated income and grant in aid, and is not differentiated.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the grant for acquisitions for the department of prints and drawings in the British Museum in each year since 1997, expressed in real terms. [HL1399]

Grant in aid to the British Museum and to other DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries is not hypothecated, and it is for each NDPB to decide on the allocation of funding across its departments and budgets.