§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will make a statement on the future use of broad-band communications networks by libraries, museums and galleries. 214W
§ Mr. Sproat
The Government are determined to ensure that the latest information technology will be available to public libraries, museums and galleries to give greater access, by the general public, to information and our cultural heritage. With this in mind I held a series of meetings earlier this year with representatives of the cable industry. I am glad therefore to be able to welcome the Cable Communications Association's decision to contribute £50,000 to fund a feasibility study into the use of broad-band networks to ensure that libraries, galleries and museums are used to their full potential. The study will be managed by the Library and Information Commission, and will draw on expertise from the libraries, museums and education sectors.