HC Deb 14 February 1929 vol 225 cc547-8

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government has considered the Interim Report of the Royal Commission on the National Museums and Galleries; whether the urgent proposals made therein commend themselves to the Government; and, if so, what action is contemplated with regard to Sir Joseph Duveen's offer?


Subject to further consideration, when detailed plans and estimates are available, of the scale of accommodation required and the period over which the expenditure to be incurred should be spread, His Majesty's Government have decided to undertake the services which, on a review of the needs of the Museums and Galleries, the Royal Commission have classed as of immediate urgency; and intend that work shall begin on all of these as soon as possible. Provision is being made accordingly in the Estimates for 1929 in respect of every such service for which a site is available. His Majesty's Government desire to take this opportunity of expressing their thanks to Sir Joseph Duveen for his generous offer to supplement the provision recommended by the Royal Commission by the contribution of funds for the improvement of the nation's artistic collections.


Will there be a special department in any of these museums for the Chancellor's red herrings?