§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on threats to the future of Macclesfield's museums following proposed cuts in local authority funding; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Fisher
We have received two representations on the future of Macclesfield's museums; one of them is from the hon. Member.
Although we desire the best possible museum services for all areas, it is not a statutory requirement that local authorities fund museum services. The funding of museums by Cheshire County Council is a matter for them.