HC Deb 10 March 1938 vol 332 cc2116-7
67. Miss Ward

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, before deciding to give a grant to the Scottish branch of the British Council of Art and Industry, he received an assurance that there would be a satisfactory reorganisation of the main committee in order that the result of this work would be more creditable to Great Britain than the British Pavilion at the Paris Exhibition?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Euan Wallace)

The plans for the display by the Scottish Committee of the Council for Art and Industry at the Glasgow Exhibition are being prepared in the light of experience gained at the Paris Exhibition last year. My right hon. Friend would be reluctant to ask for any assurance of the kind suggested in this question from a distinguished body of voluntary workers who have devoted much time and energy to public service.

Miss Ward

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend consider that the experience which they gained at the Paris Exhibition last year is sufficient to enable them to organise something worthy of British trade at the Glasgow Exhibition?

Viscountess Astor

Considering what a "flop" the display at the Paris Exhibition was.

Captain Wallace

That is a matter of opinion. It does not really matter what I think.