Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06 25 July 2006

New inquiry: Caring for our Collections

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a new inquiry into the heritage sector. This inquiry is a sequel to the Committee's recent inquiry and Third Report, Protecting and Preserving our Heritage (HC 912), which concentrated on the historic environment, namely built heritage and archaeology. The focus of new inquiry will be on museums and galleries, cultural property and archives.

The Committee will draw on submissions made to the earlier inquiry and printed as HC 912-II of Session 2005-06.

€Funding, with particular reference to the adequacy of the budget for museums, galleries and archives, and the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on Lottery funding for their sector;

€Acquisition and disposal policies with particular reference to due diligence obligations on acquisition and legal restrictions on disposal of objects

€The remit and effectiveness of DCMS, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and other relevant organisations in representing cultural interests inside and outside Government.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by Thursday 28th September 2006. Anyone who submitted evidence to the earlier inquiry is welcome to submit a further memorandum to supplement or update what they have already said, but there is no need to resubmit the original evidence.

Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee. If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives. For more guidance on the preferred format, see

Submissions should be sent to the Committee's Inquiry Manager at the address below. It is expected that oral evidence sessions will be held during October and November.

Sally Broadbridge
Inquiry Manager
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

020 7219 6188