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Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Labour, Inverclyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons he did not meet representatives of trade unions to discuss his plans for the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Secretary of State has not received a request for a meeting with Prospect, the recognised Trade Union, to discuss the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). I have received one request for a meeting with Prospect.

Since the decision to abolish the MLA was announced on 26 July 2010, the MLA has had ongoing meetings and regular dialogue with Prospect, and in addition kept staff up to date to the best of its knowledge on the Government's intentions for delivering MLA functions in the future. In addition, on 1 December 2010 MLA placed all its employees formally 'At Risk' of redundancy and started a four-month period of formal consultation with staff and trade unions to enable it to reach final decisions as to the future of its staff.

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