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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in senior civil service performance payments to officials in the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five years; how the level of payment was calculated; and by whom. [HL1930]
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The school transport pathfinder pilots project was cancelled and all funding has been reallocated.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): It is not known how many fraudulently obtained passports there are in circulation. Passport fraud by its very nature is difficult to establish and measure. A UK passport has a validity
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what the intentions of the Victoria and Albert Museum are for the long-term future of their antique musical instrument collection; and, if they do not plan to exhibit the collection, whether they will offer it to another museum. [HL1959]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) closed its musical instruments gallery on 22 February, as part of the museum's ongoing refurbishment plans. The V&A will instead display some of its musical instruments in context of its other collections within the museum. Objects from the collection will be displayed in the British galleries, the medieval and renaissance galleries, the furniture gallery (due to open in 2012) and the Europe 1600-1800 galleries (due to open in 2014).
The museum has also agreed to the long-term loan of key objects from the V&A's collection of musical instruments to the Horniman Museum in London, which has a nationally designated collection of musical instruments. The V&A is also in discussions with several other institutions with significant musical collections, and expects to be making further loans.
The V&A operates at arm's length from the Government. Decisions on curatorial and operational matters such as the future of the musical instruments gallery are therefore entirely a matter for the museum's trustees and executive.
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