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London: Museums

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Why the consultation document on the future sponsorship arrangements for the Museum of London includes the possible transfer to the Greater London Authority of the Horniman and Geffrye Museums when the Mayor of London has not sought this responsibility. [HL7057]

The sponsorship of the Museum of London, the Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Geffrye Museum was the subject of a similar consultation exercise in 1998, when the Greater London Authority (GLA) was in the process of being established. The result of the consultation was that it was decided not to transfer responsibility for these museums to the GLA. However, it was left open to review the matter at a later date when the GLA had been given time to develop its role and functions.

Following the Mayor of London's recent request to take on the Government's sponsorship responsibilities for the Museum of London, it was decided that there were sufficient grounds to consult again on the general principle of the GLA also taking on responsibility for the Horniman and Geffrye Museums. Any proposed changes that may emerge as a result of the consultation will be discussed with the museums in full.