§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision he has made in respect of archive collections in the context of the merger of the Museum and Galleries Commission and the Library and Information Commission. 
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
The funding allocations for the new Museums, Libraries and Archives Council for the years 2000–01 and 2001–02 were set out in the document "A New Cultural Framework" which was placed in the
Lead department Project Funding provided (£ million) Scottish Office Scottish legal database enabling electronic access within the public sector 0.210 legislation and case law. Scottish Office Pilot project using multi-agency teams to identify young people at risk of 0.451 offending Scottish Office Integration of planning and delivery of health and social services for 0.982 community care clients Scottish Office Integration of probation and employment services for offenders 0.450 Northern Ireland Office Criminal justice system IT information systems 0.800 Northern Ireland Office Pilot prison to court video link for pre-trial, remand or bail hearings 0.050 Valuation Office Electronic transfer of data from the Valuation Office to local authorities 0.120 Public Record Office Developing a common specification for management of electronic records 0.133 held by Government Inland Revenue Use of IT in selected cases to present documentary evidence in tax 1.936 prosecutions Inland Revenue Project exploring the potential for an on-line self-service facility offering 0.210 access to cross-governmental information Home Office Electronic links between authorised criminal justice agencies and the Police 1.320 National Computer Home Office Electronic sharing of information by criminal justice agencies in Sussex 0.394 Health Pilot joint call handling centres (police, ambulance, fire and rescue 7.800 services) DSS Pilot of new ways of integrating the services provided to pensioners 0.804 DSS Benefit fraud prevention, deterrence and detection pilot project 0.451 DSS Investigation of the potential for the joint administration of a range of 0.135 benefits provided by central and local government Cabinet Office, Better Regulation Unit IT system piloting one stop shop for regulatory services run by local 0.100 authorities Land Registry Development of electronic database providing on-line information on land 3.273 and property DETR Information systems links between Vehicle Inspectorate and Magistrates 0.092 Courts DETR Two pilots testing out feasibility of allowing drivers to apply for vehicle 0.279 tax disc applications by electronic means ONS Study exploring the role of a single business register across central and 0.440 local government ONS Merger of Family Expenditure and National Food Surveys 0.355 DfEE Single Work Focused Gateway 79.50 DfEE Schools and local education authority information management strategy 0.225 DfEE Pilot project testing the scope for delivering a range of Employment 2.912 Service and Benefits Agency services through a call center DfEE Pilot programme developing an inter-agency response to the needs of 0.200 disaffected young people and trialing the use of youth advocates Ordnance Survey Study of scope for standardising geospatial information held by 0.300 government and making it accessible to other parts of government and the public
Libraries of the House on 14 December 1998. Allocation of funds to particular areas of responsibility will be a decision for the board members of the new body.