HC Deb 29 October 1946 vol 428 cc446-7
60. Mr. Scott-Elliot

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has yet fixed the maximum amount of the Government's contribution to the National Trust jubilee appeal.

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir. On the Second Reading of the Finance Bill, I said that I should be prepared to recommend to the House to make a grant to the National Trust, on a pound for pound basis, and subject to a maximum to be named later, with a view to doubling the proceeds of the Trust's jubilee appeal. I now propose to fix the maximum at £60,000, which is approximately the amount of the public subscriptions so far. A Supplementary Estimate will be presented to Parliament in due course. Although further public subscriptions to the appeal will not, therefore, attract the Government grant, the appeal will remain open for some time, and I hope that the public will continue to subscribe generously to this very deserving cause.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

What proportion of this Government grant will go to the National Trust in Scotland?

Mr. Dalton

None, Sir, because they are not issuing an appeal of this character. The National Trust of England is issuing this appeal. If the National Trust of Scotland were hereafter to issue an appeal I would be prepared to consider whether to make a comparable grant. So far they have not issued an appeal.