HC Deb 20 May 1986 vol 98 cc137-8W
Mr. Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the service provided by the Property Services Agency to museums in Britain; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

The national museums and galleries are housed for the most part in old, and often historic, buildings. These require extensive and expensive care and maintenance which, under present arrangements, is the responsibility of the Property Services Agency.

The agency is currently pursing a programme of planned maintenance and renovation within the limits of the finance that can be made available for this work. Following the eighth report of the Education, Science and Arts Committee, the Government are now engaged on a review of the relationship between the PSA and the national museums and galleries in England, with particular reference to the provision of works services.