§ 25. Mr. E. Fletcher
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the recent report of the National Gallery Trustees criticising the existing grant as paltry and derisory; and whether, in order to enable the Trustees to obtain for the nation a fully representative collection worthy of the nation, he will announce a considerable increase in the present grant of £12,500.
§ Mr. Fletcher
That was before the report was published. Is not the report a further indication of the mounting indignation of the nation about the parsimonious attitude of the Tory Government towards art and culture? Does the hon. and learned Gentleman realise that an appropriate grant to the National Gallery would be more in the nature of £150,000 than £12.000?
§ Mr. Anthony Greenwood
Will the Chancellor reach a conclusion before the Trustees' estimates are made obsolete by the falling value of the £?