HC Deb 17 May 1999 vol 331 c275W
15. Mr. Borrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures he is taking to assess whether free entry for children to all national museums will deliver value for money. [83423]

Mr. Chris Smith

We will be measuring visitor numbers at the national museums and galleries and their branches, and at the non-national museums that have introduced free access for children. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, which launched free admission for children early in January, has seen visits rise by over 80 per cent.