HC Deb 05 February 1957 vol 564 cc231-2
34. Captain Duncan

asked the Minister of Works when the illustrated brochure explaining the history of the ancient sculptured stones housed in his museum at Meigle, Perthshire, will be available at the museum for purchase by visitors as was promised by his predecessor.

The Minister of Works (Mr. Hugh Molson) rose

Hon. Members

Hear, hear.

Mr. Molson

I thank my hon. Friends, on both sides of the House, for that welcome.

The Guide Book should be on sale in about six months. I am aware that one of my predecessors said he hoped to have the book available in 1955, but when we came to look at the question in detail it was thought desirable to prepare a much larger book, including the Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, and this has inevitably taken some time. I am, however, investigating the matter further.

Captain Duncan

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that Answer? Is he aware that this museum is alleged to house the gravestone of Queen Guinevere and is, therefore, of some romantic as well as historic interest?

Mr. Molson

That is just the kind of matter which requires a good deal of investigation when preparing the guide.

Mr. Ross

May we be told the cost of this guide?

Mr. Molson

This larger book is likely to cost 6s. The reason I am investigating the matter further is that it seemed to me that something smaller might be desirable for the ordinary visitor to that small museum.

Mr. Ross

May we be told the cost to the Government?

Mr. Molson

I should require notice of that question.