Clause 2. — (Transfer to Board of Colections of London and Guildhall Museums and Benefit of Certain Funds.)

Part of Orders of the Day — MUSEUM OF LONDON BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr Robert Cooke Mr Robert Cooke , Bristol West 12:00 am, 10th May 1965

I have one or two brief observations to make. The hon. and learned Member for Derby, North (Mr. MacDermot) replied with great charm to my right hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate (Mr. Ramsden), but despite the charm with which he replied, I hope he will agree that, under the Amendments to Clause 15, it will be the Secretary of State for Education and Science who will be disbursing a capital sum of £580,000 sought by the Museum of London and £100,000 per annum. These seem to us to be very large sums of money indeed.

We support the proposal, but it will be part of the Arts Fund and I hope the hon. and learned Gentleman will be able to assure the House that it will not in any way mitigate against the proposals for increased funds for the arts, and indeed that the Government have committed themselves in advance to this sum and that any additional sums they find will he additional to any sums mentioned in this Bill.