HC Deb 09 June 1959 vol 606 cc803-4
36. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made with the History of Parliament; and whether he will make a statement on the future of the Trust.

Mr. Amory

Work is going forward steadily on five sections of the History out of a total of fifteen, and I have recently agreed, in response to representations from the Trustees, to provide an additional £20,000 in order to enable a sixth section to be undertaken. The project as a whole is, of course, a very long-term one; but the arrangements which I have approved should suffice to enable the Trustees to plan the programme of work on a systematic and economical basis for several years ahead, after which the question can be considered afresh.

Mr. Chetwynd

Can the Chancellor say when the first volumes will be published, so that we may see what they are to be like?

Mr. Amory

Not without notice, but I will look into that, and if I find that I can give a date, I will write to the hon. Gentleman, or, if he prefers to put down a Question, then I will give him the information he wants. This operation is taking a great deal longer than was thought likely when the scheme was started in 1951.