HC Deb 16 January 1989 vol 145 cc76-7W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Minister for the Arts what action he is taking to protect Britain's art treasures from deterioration because of poor storage conditions and the backlog of conservation work; what assistance he will be giving to museums so that an up-to-date stock record of treasures is made; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce

Last November I announced the grant-in-aid allocations to the national museums and galleries which I sponsor, to the year 1991–92, rolling forward the three-year funding settlement introduced in 1987. I have made increases specifically to help the national institutions in tackling their priority concerns in the management of their collections, including their conservation, storage, and documentation, and building maintenance.