HC Deb 06 December 1906 vol 166 cc1186-7
MR. CHIOZZA MONEY (Paddington, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that six trading firms display advertisements within the walls of the National Gallery; that the area occupied by these advertisements is the greater part of the wall space of the entrance hall, or many hundreds of square feet; that one of the firms has, in addition to wall space, a stall, twelve feet long and three feet wide, whore photographs are sold by an attendant, who is not a public servant; that another firm is allowed to place a pile of advertisement cards on a counter; will he say whether any rent is paid for these privileges; and whether, with a view to improving the general arrangement of the entrance and ground floor corridor of the Gallery, he will represent to the trustees that the wall space of a public picture gallery should be entirely devoted to the artistic purposes of the gallery.


I am informed that the statements contained in the Question are correct, and that at present no rent is being charged. The subject is being carefully considered by the trustees, and I will communicate their conclusions to my hon. friend as soon as I receive them.