§ Dr. Stuttaford
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the proceeds of the museum charges to be collected and allocated to the national museums and galleries will figure in the appropriation-in-aid in the year 1974–75.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
No. Following the change in arrangements announced by my right hon. Friend in the debate on museum charges on 20th November, the institutions will no longer be separately accountable for their total expenditure and receipts. Subject to parliamentary approval of the Estimates, they will henceforth be accountable for the difference between their estimated total expenditure and their estimated receipts—apart from the separate grant-in-aid for acquisitions—with the result that, if receipts exceed the estimates, the additional sums will be available to the institutions to supplement their resources.