HC Deb 12 April 1927 vol 205 cc184-5
55. Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider the advisability of making a loan for an indefinite period of all the Lane pictures to the Irish Free State?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister in reply to a question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Ripon on the 5th July last, to which I have nothing to add.

Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

Is my right hon. Friend aware that while this collection is a matter of only small importance to this country, which is rich in Art Galleries, it is of very great importance to the people of Ireland, and will he not consider a permanent loan which would carry out the testator's wishes, without the need of an extra Act of Parliament, and so earn the gratitude of the people of Ireland?


If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will read my answer, he will find the information for which he asks.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it not a fact that these pictures have attracted little attention in this country, but that the whole of Ireland has expressed the deepest interest in them?

Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

Will my right hon. Friend not consider the reviewing of the whole of this question?

Colonel DAY

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the amount of the loan mentioned in the question?

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