HC Deb 26 May 1971 vol 818 cc151-2W
Mr. Alexander Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money is being allocated to improve facilities in provincial museums in Scotland for the next three years; and to what museums.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The improvement of facilities is the responsibility of the museum authorities, and detailed figures are not available, but the forecasts on which rate support grant is based allow for an increase in local authority expenditure on libraries, museums and galleries of over 20 per cent. between already matters for consideration by the Clayson Committee.

Mr. William Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is within the terms of reference to the Committee on Licensing Laws to consider the admitted relationship between the consumption of alcohol and crime, particularly crimes of violence.

Mr. Gordon Campbell


Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many males and females, respectively, under the age of 21 years have been convicted for drunkenness in each year since 1951.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The information is as follows:

1969–70 and 1972–73. £8,000 has been allocated in 1971–72 for Exchequer grants to provincial museums and galleries for approved purchases and £3,500 to the Scottish Council for Museums and Galleries for advisory services. As was indicated in the recent White Paper (Cmnd. 4676), the Government propose to undertake a review of the needs of provincial museums and galleries.