HC Deb 09 February 1954 vol 523 cc1097-8

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Mr. William Hannan (Glasgow, Maryhill)

May I ask the Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland to explain what I think appears, on a hurried re-reading of the Clause, to be at variance with what is contained in the Schedule. Clause 6 states: Subsections (1) and (3) of section four of the National Galleries of Scotland Act, 1906, in so far as they relate to the period of office of the members of the Board thereby constituted,…shall cease to have effect and each member shall hold office for five years…. Paragraph 3 of the Schedule states: Each appointed member of the Board shall hold office for four years…. Will the Under-Secretary confirm whether I am right in thinking that, although this is a Bill relating to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, advantage has been taken in it to make an amendment to the National Galleries Act, and whether the period of appointment is for four years?

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Henderson Stewart)

This particular Clause refers to the governors of the National Galleries, whereas the Schedule refers to the members of the board of the new museum, and, as the hon. Member has guessed, we are taking advantage of this Bill to make this change in the status of the National Galleries.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.