HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 c2149
53. Mr. Kelly

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of pictures in the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery that have received conservation treatment as distinguished from restoration?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

I would refer the hon. Member to the annual reports of the directors of the National and Tate Galleries, in which he will find full particulars of the repairs to pictures effected in each Gallery in successive years. I am sending him a copy of the last issued report.

Mr. Kelly

Why is there no reference in that report to the conservation of pictures?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

The report shows what has been done in the case of each picture. It is difficult to distinguish between conservation and restoration, but if the hon. Member reads the report, he will see exactly what has been done.

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