Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd November 2010.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will consider the merits of allowing these museums and galleries which have a free entry policy to charge non-UK visitors an entry charge.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

In line with the coalition manifesto there are no plans to review the policy of free admission to national museums and galleries.

Under European Union law, institutions cannot discriminate between domestic and European Union visitors to our museums and galleries. Article 12 of the European Community Treaty prohibits any discrimination on grounds of nationality.

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