HC Deb 25 February 2002 vol 380 c712W
Mr. Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to support the creation of a regional hub for museums and galleries in the north-west. [34245]

Tessa Jowell

My right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for the Arts announced on 22 January the timetable for the selection of regional hubs in accordance with the recommendations of the Regional Museums Task Force as set out in the report "Renaissance in the Regions: a new vision for England's museums" which was published last October. Resource: the Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives has subsequently published draft criteria for the selection of regional hubs. It is for the museums in each region, including the north-west, to determine the nature of the application to resource to form a hub.