§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can hold out any hopes of a successful resumption of negotiations with Mr. Tate, and the acceptance by Government of his generous contribution towards the establishment of a Gallery of British Art; and whether it might be possible to induce Mr. Tate and the Trustees of the National Gallery to agree to some kind of compromise, by which his valuable collection might be housed at the St. George's Barracks' site?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
As regards the first question, I am not at present in a position to hold out any such hopes. As regards the second question, it would be most agreeable to me to see such a compromise effected, and I do not see why it could not be possible; but I have no information at the present moment to entitle me to admit its probability.