§ 4. Mr. Driberg
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reply he has received from the Royal Fine Art Commission to the suggestion that there shall be regional committees of the Commission.
The Commission has informed me that it doubts whether regional committees would provide the best means of dealing with the problem to which the hon. Member has called attention.
I think the Commission feels that the matters with which it is dealing do not lend themselves to devolution of responsibility.
§ Mr. Driberg
Apart from devolution of responsibility, does the Commission at any rate have adequate arrangements for being fully informed. in the various districts and regions, about the innumerable acts of vandalism which are occurring?
§ Sir G. Nicholson
Has not the Royal Fine Art Commission expressed anxiety about the gradual elimination of the scenic beauties and amenities of this country? Can it be said that the Commission is satisfied with the position? Is there not some room for more local activity?
That is a matter for the Commission. I did not say that the Commission was satisfied with the position, but I understand that it is broadly satisfied with the scope of its organisation and arrangements.