§ Mr. Alton
asked the Minister for the Arts if he will list the grants made by him to the national museums on Merseyside, and constituent institutions, in every year since their inception; and if he will break the figures down by whether they are for capital costs, operating costs, or for purchases.
§ Mr. Luce
[pursuant to his reply, 20 July 1987]: The trustee body for the national museums and galleries on Merseyside was formed on 20 February 1986 and was allocated a "setting up" grant of £18,000 in 1985–86.
In 1986–87 the NMGM was allocated allocated £10,145,000. Within this total, £7,995,000 was for running costs; £1,400,000 for the completion of the main contract for the Merseyside maritime museum; and £750,000 for purchase grant.
In 1987–88 the NMGM has been allocated £9,414,000 comprising £8,414,000 for running costs; £250,000 for capital works; and £750,000 for purchase grant.
It is for the trustee of the NMGM to decide how they will divide their grant amonst the constituent institutions.