HC Deb 26 July 1960 vol 627 cc1284-5
31. Mr. Jeger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has now concluded his discussions with the Arts Council on the proposal to build a National Theatre; and whether he is in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Amory

I have exchanged views with the Arts Council on this matter but am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Jeger

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I put down this Question precisely in order to give him the opportunity to make his last appearance here a great occasion? Would not he reconsider this matter between now and tomorrow morning and, if possible, mike a special announcement that he has agreed that a National Theatre shall at last he built on the South Bank? Is he aware that the London County Council is holding on to a very suitable site for this theatre, but will not hold or to it for ever? Will the Government mike up their mind very quickly?

Mr. Amory

I assure the hon. Gentleman that, as long as I am in my present position, this will not be out of my thoughts day or night. I should like to say that there are a great many competing projects for the resources available and that this is not an easy decision to reach.