HC Deb 14 February 1979 vol 962 c543W
Mr. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals she has for grants to the arts in 1979–80.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

Plans for next year's expenditure have not yet been presented to Parliament for approval, but I am giving the following information for planning purposes to the bodies and institutions concerned:

Proposed grants for 1979–80 £000
Arts Council of Great Britain (including a special grant of £1 million to the Covent Garden Building Appeal Fund) 61,275
British Film Institute 4,676
Crafts Advisory Committee 1,060
Area Museum Councils 1,290
National museums and galleries in England—Purchase grants—
National Gallery 2,682
Tate Gallery 1,260
British Museum 1,023
Victoria and Albert Museum 950
Science Museum 104
National Portrait Gallery 244
National Maritime Museum 154
Imperial War Museum 70
Central funds for assistance with acquisitions by local and university institutions:
Administered by Victoria and Albert Museum 1,348
Administered by Science Museum 130

These do not cover the general administrative expenses of the national museums and galleries.