§ 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.
- The Earl of Perth.
- John D. Richards, Esq., FRIBA, FRIAS.
- Ian M. Robertson, Esq., CB, MVO.
- Councillor Andrew F. Walls.