HC Deb 26 May 1924 vol 174 c40

asked the First Commissioner of Works if he receives periodical Reports from the Commission of Fine Art on whether or not works of art occasionally offered for sale by auction are of such national importance that steps should be taken to acquire them for the nation, having in view that an important public sale is about to be held?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Such matters are, I understand, outside the scope of the Royal Commission of Fine Art. The latter part of the hon. Member's question is one for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.