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RAF Museum

Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Gemma Doyle Gemma Doyle Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) Royal Air Force Museum London and (b) Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Royal Air Force Museum plays a key role in preserving the Royal Air Force's heritage by conserving, preserving, managing and exhibiting artefacts and documents. Their role is to educate and inform the public and members of the Royal Air Force about the history and traditions of the Royal Air Force and increase awareness of the Royal Air Force's role within society.

The Royal Air Force Museums are funded through grants in aid. The cost to Defence in maintaining the Royal Air Force museums since Financial Year 2010-2011 are shown in the following table:

£
Financial Year RAF Museum London RAF Museum Cosford
2010-11 4,928,000 2,624,000
2011-12 4,980,000 2,761,000
2012-13(1) 5,069,176 2,496,759
(1) Expenditure as at January 2013.

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