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'No Reason' for York's National Railway Museum to Close - Minister


2:30pm 18th June 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has said there is "no reason" why York's National Railway Museum should close.

It comes the day after 29 of the city's leading figures wrote to the Secretary of State Maria Miller to argue that the NRM should remain open.

There have been fears over the National Railway Museum's future as the Science Museum Group is forced to make cuts by the government.

This morning Ed Vaizey said:

"They [the Science Museum Group] asserted if there was a certain level of cuts they would have to look at closing one……..They are not going to receive those level of cuts so there is no reason why any of these museums should close.”

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has added:

“This an operational issue for the Science Museums Group who has to address a large projected operating deficit from 2014 onwards and is assessing a range of options to address this situation. The Chancellor will shortly set out the Government’s spending plans for 2015/16, however we are clear about the value of the museums in question to the local areas and the UK as a whole.”

But the claims are still being met with some scepticism, York Council Leader James Alexander told Minster FM:

“While we’re encouraged by Ed Vaizey’s assurances, until the Chancellor delivers confirmation of a revenue and capital statement which assures the Northern museums’ continued existence, we will persist in pressing for the case in support of these three nationally-important institutions alongside our support for campaigns being run by York Press and the local community.”


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