HC Deb 24 November 1989 vol 162 cc32-3W
Mr. Adley

To ask the Minister for the Arts what is his policy towards encouraging the national museums to raise their own funds.

Mr. Luce

I continue to attach high importance to encouraging national museums and galleries to develop self-reliance and diversification of funding. I congratulate the institutions on their achievements to date, and on becoming more professional in their management in recent years. I was delighted to announce on 23 November that MEPC plc is donating £1 million over five years to Sir John Soane's museum towards the repair of the fabric of the building. I am pleased to have been able to match this generous offer.

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