HC Deb 07 April 1930 vol 237 cc1770-1

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, now that it has been decided that the paintings by Mr. Frank Brangwyn, R.A., executed under the bequest of the late Earl of Iveagh should not be accepted for the Royal Gallery, he proposes to find some other position for these paintings in the Palace of Westminster?


The offer made by the late Earl of Iveagh was to fill the vacant panels in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords with paintings. No offer has been received to decorate any other portion of the Palace of Westminster.


Does that mean that, in view of the discussion in another place, the late Lord Iveagh's generosity and Mr. Brangwyn's genius are to be thrown away as far as this building is concerned?


My hon. Friend, I think, has not appreciated the answer I have given. The only offer made by the late Lord Iveagh and his present trustees was an offer of paintings for the Royal Gallery, and no other offer has been made for consideration.