HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 c707W
35. Mr. Bulmer

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what further steps she intends to take to protect the national heritage of historic buildings and works of art.

Mr. Oakes

Planned expenditure on purchase grants for the national museums and galleries includes the provision of an extra £1 million in 1978–79 and onwards to enable these institutions, and the local museums and galleries assisted by them, to acquire additional objects and works of art. As announced in the recent White Paper on the Government's expenditure plans, a further £1 million will be made available for this purpose in 1979–80 and onwards. Both these sums will be subject to revaluation to take account of rises in prices.

The protection of historic buildings in England is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.