HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 cc271-2W
Mr. Faulds

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether a working party has been appointed to examine the long-term needs of the national museum and galleries in Scotland; and whether he will specify the constitution and terms of reference of any such working party, including an approximate forecast of when he expects to receive their conclusions.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

A committee to consider the future development of the national museums and galleries in Scotland has been set up under the chairmanship of Dr. Alwyn Williams, principal of Glasgow University. I hope to receive the committee's report towards the end of next year.

The remit of the committee is: Having regard to likely developments over the next 25 years, and the continuing pressure on resources, to consider for the national museums and galleries in Scotland: their respective functions, including their educational role; their management, organisation and inter-relationships; the method of providing their financial support from public funds; their relationship with other publicly and privately owned museums and galleries; and their accommodation needs; and to report".

The members of the committee are—

  • John Baldwin, Esq.
  • Robert Clark, Esq.
  • Charles C. Drury, Esq.
  • Alan Harding, Esq.
  • William H. McAlpine, Esq.
  • Mrs. Cordelia Oliver.
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  • The Earl of Perth.
  • John D. Richards, Esq., FRIBA, FRIAS.
  • Ian M. Robertson, Esq., CB, MVO.
  • Councillor Andrew F. Walls.

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