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Lord Williamson of Mostyn: We have now received Sir Donald Acheson's second report on the Special Secure Unit (SSU) at Whitemoor. His report acknowledges that significant progress has been made in implementing his previous recommendations in particular, a series of regime improvements have been made, and a robust system of regular health reviews for all SSU prisoners has been introduced.
With regard to closed visits, the report accepts that the improved regime and atmosphere within the SSU is, at least in part, attributable to the confidence which closed visits give to staff. Accordingly, there is no call for a change to the visits policy.
Lord Haskel: I am pleased to confirm that copies of two of the documents have been deposited at the Libraries of both Houses. These are the Rules of accounting for German External Assets approved by the Allied Reparations Agency on 21 November 1947, and the circular letter of the Administration of Enemy Property Department of 18 May 1948 (not 1949 as stated in the question). We intend to deposit the resolution of the General Assembly of the Inter-Allied Reparations Agency shortly.
Whether they carry out a detailed study to determine the present social mix of visitors to public museums and galleries in the United Kingdom.[HL627]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The social profile of visitors to public museums and galleries has most recently been examined by research carried out last autumn by the Central Office of Information for the Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC). Interim findings can be found in the publication Who Pays for Museums? which is available in the Library of the House, and the full report will be published in the spring. A previous omnibus report By Popular Demand, published in 1994 by Dr. Stuart Davies for the MGC, was based on over 200 visitor surveys across the UK.
In addition, national museums and galleries in the UK carry out periodic research to determine their visitor profile, including the socio-economic, ethnic and age mix. While the departments with responsibility for national museums across the UK have some access to this research, it is rarely published and is not therefore available in the Library of the House. Other research is conducted by local museums, area museum councils, the Association of Independent Museums and the tourist boards.
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