HC Deb 08 July 1897 vol 50 cc1345-6

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether Army and Navy pensioners are promoted curators at the National Portrait Gallery without examination, but have to pay a fee of 5s. and be examined in the Tate Gallery; and could he explain why such different treatment should exist?


In the National Gallery, including the Tate Gallery, the posts to which pensioners have been appointed are permanent and pensionable. They have therefore to pass a very simple examination and to pay the small fee mentioned. In the National Portrait Gallery their posts are temporary and non-pensionable and so do not require any examination.