HC Deb 13 June 1988 vol 135 cc41-2W
64. Mr. Harry Greenway

To ask the Minister for the Arts how much extra funding the Museums and Galleries Commission will receive in the next three years specifically for the purpose of promoting improvements in the management of non-national museums and galleries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce

Over the next three years I have provided £270,000 within the Museums and Galleries Commission's grant-in-aid to be used to encourage improved management and marketing in non-national museums and galleries. The commission recently announced an exciting programme of seminars, courses and studies for the coming year.

Good management and effective marketing skills are vital if museums and galleries are to make the best use of resources. In addition to my allocations to the Museums and Galleries Commission to encourage improvements in the management and marketing of museums, I have provided some £600,000 for this purpose this year in the grants-in-aid of the National Museums and Galleries In March I announced also a major initiative on the training of museums staff, and a research study into the resource implications of collections management.