HC Deb 04 December 1981 vol 14 cc229-30W
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.

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