§ 57. Sir MARTIN CONWAY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider the possibility 245 of making the north door of the British Museum available for public use so as to facilitate access to the Print Room and serve the general convenience of visitors and students approaching from the north?
§ Mr. McNEILL
I understand that the extra cost of the staff that would be required to give these improved facilities would be between. £800 and £900 per annum, and I regret that in present financial circumstances I do not feel justified in incurring it.
§ Sir M. CONWAY
Does my right hon. Friend realise that so long as the north door is closed the expensive lift near it is practically useless, also that the Print Room and other galleries at the north end of the Museum are very far away from the main entrance and can only be reached from it by a complicated route, and that in consequence the special exhibitions from time to time held and changed in the north galleries are little visited by strangers ignorant of the intricate geography of the Museum?