§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) if he will give consideration to the establishment of a national sports museum in the region, in conjunction with the north-west bid for the Olympic games;
(2) if he will consider sponsoring the establishment of a national sports museum in Liverpool.
§ Mr. Key
I have received no proposals from the Manchester bid committee to establish a national sports museum.
Government support for new museums is provided by the Museums and Galleries Commission through its network of area museum councils. Applications for grant assistance from the commission must demonstrate that the project is well conceived, and that the governing body is willing to work towards the standards set out for the registration of a museum by the commission.