§ Viscount Simon
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What progress has been made on the joint review of the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. [HL3336]
§ The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone)
I have today published the second stage report of the joint review of the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
The report underlines the value of both galleries and the contribution they make to this country's cultural life. Both galleries have achieved a great deal in the last few years and have risen to the challenges set by government and themselves.
The report also finds the need for a closer, more strategic relationship between the galleries and the department.
A copy of the report has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.