HC Deb 24 March 1958 vol 585 c4
4. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps are taken in British territories overseas and in foreign countries to publicise our national museums and art galleries.

Dr. Hill

The British Travel and Holidays Association pays particular attention to national museums and art galleries in their literature, general publicity activities and films for overseas visitors to this country. For example, the November, 1957, issue of the Association's magazine "Coming Events", which is widely distributed overseas, was devoted to this subject. In addition, the subject finds its place in the work of the British Council and in general information material.

Mr. Greenwood

The right hon. Gentleman's Answer is most welcome, but in view of the fact that these national collections are among the most important attractions to tourists visiting this country, will he represent to his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer the undesirability of starving these national collections of financial resources?

Dr. Hill

I cannot go into the larger question, but I shall be interested in any suggestions made for improvement, in so far as the information services are concerned, and I am grateful for the attention given to this subject.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that one of the most important museums in Scotland is the Burns Cottage Museum in Ayr, and could he consult the Postmaster-General to see if it would help his work if there were a Burns stamp?