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7(1)In section 2 of the M1Imperial War Museum Act 1920 (powers and duties of the Board)—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)in paragraph (b) (powers to acquire and sell land) after the word “sell” there shall be inserted the words “ or make other dispositions of ”; and
(b)in paragraph (d) (application of moneys received) for the words “sale of any land” there shall be substituted the words “ sale or other disposition of any land ”.
(2)That section, as so amended, shall be numbered as subsection (1), and at the end of it there shall be added—
“(2)The Board may allow premises occupied or managed by them to be used by other persons (for payment or otherwise) for purposes not connected with the Board’s functions, if the Board are satisfied that to do so would not unduly conflict with those functions.”
(3)After that section there shall be inserted—
(1)With the consent of the Lord President of the Council and subject to any conditions he may impose, the Board may form, or take part in forming, one or more bodies corporate which, or each of which, has as its main object or objects one or more of those mentioned in subsection (2) below.
(2)The objects referred to in subsection (1) above are—
(a)the production and publication of books, films or other informative material relating to the Museum’s collection or theme;
(b)the production of replicas or reproductions of objects relating to the Museum’s collection or theme, or of souvenirs;
(c)the sale (whether or not at an hour when the collection is open to the public for viewing) of informative material relating to the Museum’s collection or theme, or of souvenirs or other goods;
(d)the provision (whether or not at such an hour) of catering or car parking or other services or facilities for the public at any premises occupied or managed by the Board; and
(e)any other object or objects incidental to the Board’s functions.
(3)The Board may hold interests in any such body, exercise rights conferred by the holding of interests in it, and provide financial or other assistance to or in respect of it (including assistance by way of guarantee of its obligations).
(4)This section is without prejudice to any power of the Board to undertake by virtue of section 2 above anything mentioned in subsection (2) above.”
(4)In section 4 of that Act, in subsection (1) (which provides for a Director-General and a Curator to be appointed by the Treasury on such terms and conditions as the Treasury may direct) for the words from “by the Treasury” onwards there shall be substituted the words “ by the Board with the approval of the Prime Minister and shall hold office on such terms and subject to such conditions as the Board may determine subject to such conditions as the Lord President of the Council may impose with the consent of the Treasury. ”
(5)In subsection (4) of that section (salaries etc. to be such as the Treasury may from time to time determine) for the words “as the Treasury may from time to time determine” there shall be substituted the words “ as the Board may determine subject to such conditions as the Lord President of the Council may impose with the consent of the Treasury ”.
(6)Nothing in any amendment made by this paragraph shall affect the validity of any appointment, direction or determination made or given under that section by the Treasury before the coming into force of the amendment.
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