HC Deb 29 June 1961 vol 643 c647
22. Mr. Jeger

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the danger that the work of the Chelsea Pottery will be brought to an end through property development; and, in view of the educational and cultural value of the work of this pottery, whether he will make a grant to enable them to continue their activities.

Sir D. Eccles

I have seen Press reports; but I have received no application for grant which, under the Further Education (Grant) Regulations, could only be considered if educational and training facilities were the principal purpose of the pottery.

Mr. Jeger

Is the right hon. Gentleman familiar with the work of this pottery and with its international reputation? Is he aware of the fact that it is of very great value in training teachers as well as students? Would he be willing to receive a deputation from all walks of life in Chelsea with a view to preserving this institution?

Sir D. Eccles

Yes—if the deputation comes complete with proof that educational purposes are the principal object of the establishment.