HC Deb 20 January 1953 vol 510 cc29-30
56. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister for Housing and Local Government what representations have been made to his Department by the Stoke-on-Trent local authority for permission to build a prefabricated art gallery and museum on the site prepared for it; and when he will give permission to build.

Mr. Marples

The council have submitted a proposal to build a new museum, art gallery and library at an estimated cost of £25,000, and their representatives have discussed the matter with my right hon. Friend's Department. He cannot, unfortunately, authorise this scheme in present circumstances, but, he has authorised expenditure to meet the council's immediate needs.

Dr. Stross

Would the Parliamentary Secretary ask his right hon. Friend not to come to a firm decision until he has received further information from the local authority and from myself which will throw new light on this rather difficult problem?

Mr. Marples

I will convey that message to my right hon. Friend.

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