HC Deb 14 November 1972 vol 846 cc106-7W
Mr. Faulds

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will give permission to the trustees of any national art gallery or museum to exempt from admission charges donors or lenders of works of art.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

If donors of lenders of works of art subscribe to the National Art Collections Fund or to the Contempory Art Society they will be admitted free to any institution on presentation of their membership cards. If they subscribe to an organisation of friends of a particular gallery or museum, the same would apply to that institution. Visits on museum business by other donors or lenders, arranged beforehand with the authorities, may also be made free of charge. The practical point is that donors cannot satisfactorily be identified at the

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