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Museums and Galleries: Financial Sustainability - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lee of Trafford Lord Lee of Trafford Liberal Democrat 2:55 pm, 8th October 2019

I hear what the Minister said, but in a letter to the Times last week headlined “Neglected Museums At Breaking Point”, museum chiefs and the director of the Art Fund drew attention to the serious essential maintenance backlog at our national museums. Do not the fires in Notre-Dame and the Glasgow School of Art, and, indeed, the costs and upheaval we now face on the Parliamentary Estate, point to the dangers and extra costs of putting off vital necessary work? I urge DCMS Ministers to shake the Javid/Johnson money tree for extra resources to protect our national treasures. If the Government wish to maintain free entry, they surely have to pay for it.