§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many county councils currently support financially the national museum schools service; how many of them have indicated that they will cease to support that service after 1 April; what assessment he has made over the impact of the future level of funding on the achievement of national curriculum history syllabus targets in primary and secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
Five local education authorities currently give financial support to the schools museum service. Three of them have indicated their intention to give some continuing support next year, but South Glamorgan and Gwynedd have said that they will withdraw support. The £150,000 grant from the Welsh Office which my right hon. Friend announced on 9 December 1992 should more than offset the reduced support from the local education authorities, and should allow the present service to be sustained. The total level of financial support will also depend on contributions from schools. No assessment of the effects of the reduced local education authority support can yet be made.