HC Deb 08 December 1959 vol 615 cc195-6
2. Mr. McLaren

asked the Minister of Works if he will put the Banqueting House, Whitehall, to a use better suited to its royal history and architectural splendour.

Lord John Hope

I am naturally interested in any suggestions concerning the future of the Banqueting House, and I propose to consult my colleagues about this.

Mr. McLaren

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the views expressed by Professor Sir Anthony Blunt and by the Georgian Group, and will he take those views into account?

Lord John Hope

I will take all relevant views into account, including, of course, the views of this House, which I think are agreed as near as makes no difference.

Mr. Parker

Are there not many better places to which the museum can be transferred?

Lord John Hope

"Better" is a relative word, but one would hope that a suitable alternative place could be found. The House will realise that any move in this desired direction must take into account the museum and its long history.