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Museums And Galleries In Walsall

EDM number 140 in 2012-13, proposed by Valerie Vaz on 23/05/2012.
Categorised under the topic of Museums and galleries.

That this House recognises the extensive and vibrant collection of the New Art Gallery in Walsall as a vital cultural resource for the local community and for visitors from further afield; believes that museums and galleries are places where families can spend time together both enjoying and learning about the resources within, and participating in activities; is concerned about the impact of the recent closure of the Gallery on Sundays and Bank Holidays; notes that these are exactly the times when most people and families are able to engage in cultural activities; further believes that this significantly reduces opportunities for people and families to visit the Gallery; disapproves of the decision as not only anti-culture but anti-family; encourages people to sign the online petition calling for its reopening; further notes that following a successful appeal about rateable values from the years 2005 to 2010 the Gallery has secured business rates rebates which would help secure reopening; acknowledges that the business rate rebate would also help to make a case for an application to host the Turner Prize in Walsall; and calls on the Government and onWalsall Metropolitan Borough Council to take action to protect Walsall's cultural facilities to ensure that families are able to visit them at a suitable time.

This motion has been signed by a total of 5 MPs.

Valerie Vaz23/05/2012Walsall SouthLabourProposed
Alan Meale24/05/2012MansfieldLabourSeconded
John McDonnell11/06/2012Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Jim Dobbin11/06/2012Heywood and MiddletonLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn12/06/2012Islington NorthLabourSeconded

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