HC Deb 18 May 1896 vol 40 cc1562-3

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether he can now state to the House the result of his inquiries into the conditions of work of the attendants of the National Gallery; and, whether he will sanction such addition to their numbers as may be necessary to carry out the Resolution of the House with reference to the Sunday opening of the National collection of pictures?


I understand that those of the National Gallery staff who attend on Sundays do so voluntarily under the inducement of a higher rate of pay. As I have already explained to the hon. Member, the present arrangement is only a tentative experiment intended to provide the necessary data for making permanent arrangements, and I am therefore not yet in a position to say what the permanent arrangement will be.