Science Museum Group

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th June 2013.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in the budget of the (a) Science Museum Group and (b) Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) on visitor numbers; and whether she has any plans to introduce visitor charges at those museums.

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

The operation of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a matter for the Science Museum Group. In the current spending period, cuts in resource funding for DCMS-sponsored museums have been limited to 15% in real terms, to protect frontline services and to ensure free admission to the permanent collections. The Government is not considering the reintroduction of entrance fees, and in line with the coalition manifesto, there are no plans to review the policy of free admission to national museums and galleries.

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