HC Deb 09 December 1948 vol 459 c563
58. Sir Ralph Glyn

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is satisfied that adequate protection is being afforded to prevent theft or damage to art treasures in museums, picture galleries, etc.; and what steps does he propose to take to meet the expressed requirements of the curators and directors in charge.

Mr. Jay

Precautions at the national museums and galleries against burglary and theft have recently been overhauled, but it would not be in the public interest to state the steps proposed to be taken.

Sir R. Glyn

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that certain museums today are very improperly guarded and that representations have been made to strengthen their protection, and can he assure the House that active steps have been taken?

Mr. Jay

I can assure the hon. Member that adequate precautions are being taken.