V&A in Dundee : Still no commitment of finance from Scottish Government, says MSP

11 May 2009

The Scottish Government is still giving no commitment to provide any funding in principle for the proposed extension of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee.

Marlyn Glen had asked Culture Minister Mike Russell for a guarantee of financial backing for the project.

She said,

" The V&A report has already stated that if the project has ‘ significant government backing’ then it could attract ‘significant support from the private sector’ .

"It has emphasised that if construction work is to begin in two years’ time so that the museum can open in 2013, then the capital spending costs could reach as high as £47.6 million."

" This is why the prospects of its success depend upon the assurance of financial assistance from the Scottish Government."

" Cultural excellence comes at a cost .

" I shall be asking the Minister if he intends to re-examine his spending priorities for culture so that the Scottish Government can give Dundee a firm reassurance of finance to help to enable the V&A in Dundee to become a new icon for the city."


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