§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is now in a position to announce the grants to arts bodies for 1982.
§ Mr. Channon
Yes. I am glad that I am now able, earlier than in any recent year, to announce details of proposed arts and libraries expenditure for 1982–83. The Government's expenditure plans for arts and libraries are intended to enable the programme to go on without fundamental change. Some economies will continue to be necessary in this as in all other fields, but I believe that the increased allocations I am proposing are fair and reasonable. Estimates to be submitted in due course for parliamentary approval will provide for the grant to the Arts Council of Great Britain to be increased to £86 million, and for increased provision for the British Library, the national museums and galleries and the other institutions for which I am responsible. Provision will be made in the usual way in the Estimates for expenditure by the Property Services Agency on the buildings of the national museums and galleries, and also for the first year's work on the new Euston Road building of the British Library. Details of what I propose are as follows:
Financial Provision for the Arts 1981–82 and 1982–83. Institution 1981–82 Cash (£m) 1982–83 Cash (£m) The Living Arts Arts Council 80.000 86.000 British Film Institute 6.400 7.014 National Film School 0.740 0.840 Crafts Council 1.400 1.600 South Bank Theatre Board 0.800 0.650 Public Lending Right 0.293 0.300 Support for National Museums (including Purchase Grants) British Museum 11.116 11.722 Imperial War Museum 3.844 4.130
Institution 1981–82 Cash (£m) 1982–83 Cash (£m) National Gallery 5.697 6.041 National Portrait Gallery 1.606 1.699 National Maritime Museum 3.622 3.855 Tate Gallery 4.708 5.025 Wallace Collection 0.671 0.765 Science Museum *6.448 7.041 Victoria and Albert Museum *8.850 8.376 Support for other Museums etc. Government Art Collection: Purchases 0.155 0.100 Museum of London 1.168 1.203 Sir John Soane's Museum 0.153 0.159 Local Purchase Grant Assistance Funds *— 1.150 Area Museum Councils 1.730 1.907 Museums and Galleries Commission 0.250 0.318 Libraries etc. British Library 38.463 42.961 British Institute of Recorded Sound 0.440 0.466 Royal Geographical Society 0.045 0.048 Research etc. Projects 0.120 0.190 Total 178.719 193.560 * Local purchase grants for 1981–82 are included in the figures for the Science Museum—£0.15 million—and the Victoria and Albert museum—£1.0 million.