§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will break down the total cost of establishing the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. 
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
£350,000 has been allocated to cover the costs associated with the establishment of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLAC) in this year and next. Costs are likely to include items such as legal fees, consultancy advice, the remuneration of the Chairman and Chief Executive until next April, travel and publications.