HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 c216
8. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he has given to arrangements to be made in respect of the Burrell Collection at present in the possession of the City of Glasgow.

Mr. N. Macpherson

Such arrangements are a matter between the Glasgow Corporation and the Burrell Trustees as the parties concerned with the deed of gift.

Mr. Thomson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Burrell Collection, a most magnificient art collection, is a very valuable Scottish national possession, and that it is now sixteen years since the original gift was made but so far there is no sign that there is any chance for the public to enjoy it?

Mr. Macpherson

I am aware of that, but the problem is one of housing the collection in suitable conditions for the preservation of the tapestries, paintings, etc., and at the same time housing them where they can be seen by the public. These matters are for Glasgow Corporation, and I am quite certain that it will continue to do its best to find an acceptable arrangement. Glasgow has not been backward in looking after its treasures in the past.