HC Deb 23 November 1972 vol 846 c447W
2. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average number of pupils in secondary school classes in England and Wales; and how this figure compares with the figure for autumn 1970.

Mrs. Thatcher

The Department's figures relate to January of each year. In January, 1970, and 1972, respectively, 22.9 and 22.6.

1971 1972
British Museum
Bloomsbury (see Note 2) 1,473,143 1,547,381
Burlington Gardens 48,929 50,047
Science Museum 1,020,248 1,056,703
Victoria and Albert Museum 784,307 720,065
Bethnal Green Museum 65,913 66,836
Imperial War Museum 346,129 354,439
London Museum (see Note 3) 187,883 229,332
National Gallery 1,090,400 1,043,330
National Portrait Gallery 274,065 251,602
Tate Gallery 457,000 470,000
Wallace Collection 90,065 77,461
British Museum (Natural History) 833,861 876,693
Geological Museum 173,127 187,144
National Gallery of Scotland 173,880 137,486
Scottish National Portrait Gallery See Note 4 33,541 46,759
National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 76,508 58,114
Royal Scottish Museum 301,535 271,536
National Museum of Wales 217,693 200,203
Welsh Folk Museum 161,958 167,997
1. No comparable figures are available for the National Maritime Museum.
2. The figures for the British Museum exclude admissions of over 1 million to the Tutankhamun Exhibition in the period April to September, 1972.
3. The figures for the London Museum exclude admissions to the State Apartments of Kensington Palace which have during 1972 been closed for refurbishing.
4. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland share a building with a common entrance.

22. Mr. John Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on her intentions regarding the future of admission charges to museums and galleries after the end of the pay and prices standstill.

Mrs. Thatcher

It is too early to say when after the end of the standstill admission charges will be introduced.