§ 55. Captain Alan Graham
asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the poor quality and debasing effect of the pictorial art evinced at the exhibitions provided by C.E.M.A., he will reduce in war-time the yearly grant to this institution from His Majesty's Treasury of £100,000, or at least confine 28 any future financial support to its musical and dramatic activities.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (Mr. Ede)
My right hon. Friend cannot accept my hon. and gallant Friend's rather sweeping criticism of the quality and effect of the Art exhibitions sponsored by C.E.M.A., and would be glad if he would give particulars of the exhibitions he has in mind.
§ Captain Graham
Is my hon. Friend aware that I have had representations, both from Royal Academicians and a number of taxpayers all over the country, complaining of the use of the taxpayers' money to subsidise this debased quality of pictorial art?
§ Mrs. Cazalet Keir
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that, far from having any debasing effect, last year over 2,000,000 people found enjoyment, uplift, and refreshment from art exhibitions organised and arranged by C.E.M.A.?
§ Mr. Lindsay
Is my hon. Friend aware that thousands of soldiers have been to see and have appreciated these exhibitions?
§ Sir H. Williams
May I ask what these initials mean? Do they stand for the Church of England Music Association?