Museums

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th November 1983.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Freeson Mr Reginald Freeson , Brent East 12:00 am, 10th November 1983

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to implement the recommendations of the working party review of museums in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Chelsea

The Museums and Galleries Commission review of museums and related services in Northern Ireland was issued on 18 October; interested parties have been invited to submit comments by the end of December 1983, and in the light of the views expressed and the availability of resources, decisions will then be taken on implementation.

Photo of Mr Reginald Freeson Mr Reginald Freeson , Brent East

Does the Minister agree that the report makes a vitally important point when it argues that the development of the museums would not only create direct employment but would encourage and attract industry to the Province? Does the Minister agree that he should make available the funds necessary for the developments proposed?

Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Chelsea

That is but one of several important points that are made in the report. I am now waiting for comments and I look forward to receiving them. Then we can move to decisions.