HC Deb 27 October 1953 vol 518 cc2605-6
31. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to establish a national gallery of modern art in Scotland.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

As announced by my right hon. Friend's predecessor on 9th March, 1951, a site in Queen Street, Edinburgh, has been earmarked for the erection of a gallery of modern art. My right hon. Friend regrets, however, that he can give no indication at present as to when it may be possible to proceed with the erection of the proposed gallery.

Mr. Grimond

As Scotland was one of the first countries in which the impressionists were appreciated, and as Scotland has produced some very remarkable examples of the art, would it not be appropriate in the Coronation year, when large sums of money are being spent in London, that this long-promised gallery should at last be started?

Mr. Stewart

It would be nice if that could be done, but there are practical difficulties which make it impossible.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can my hon. Friend say which of the appalling horrors that come under the title of modern art are likely to be put on exhibition?