24. Miss Ward
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department who is responsible for the fashion display in the British pavilion at the Paris Exhibition; and whether he will give instructions for the removal of an exhibit which falls far short of the high standards expected by British people to be shown as representative of our workmanship?
§ Mr. R. S. Hudson
Acting on the recommendation of the Gorell Committee of 1932, His Majesty's Government invited the Council for Art and Industry to co-operate on this occasion. At the request of the Government, the Council undertook responsibility for the design of the United Kingdom Pavilion; for the selection of exhibits in this country, and for their arrangement and display in Paris. I am informed by the Chairman of the Council, who has just returned from Paris, that, owing to a necessity to alter the settings for the dress section at a late date, it is recognised that this section falls behind the general standard of display, and that steps are already being taken to alter the settings with a view to the adequate display of the articles selected.
While thanking the hon. Gentleman for that statement, which will cause great satisfaction to many visitors to the Paris Exhibition, may we have an assurance that if we take part in any further exhibitions in future, we shall not have to make an alteration in the goods supplied by this country at which foreigners go to look?