HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 cc663-4
28. Mr. Channon

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent consultations he has had with the Trustees of the Tate Gallery; and with what result.

Miss Jennie Lee

With my colleagues in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Public Building and Works, I met a number of the Trustees last week to consider future plans for the Tate Gallery. Further consultations are taking place and must be concluded before I shall be in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Channon

In view of the great public interest in the matter, can the right hon. Lady say when she is likely to be in a position to make a statement? Can she assure the House that in her discussions consideration is being given to the alternative sites at the rear of the Gallery.

Miss Lee

I can certainly give that assurance. We are all very much in a hurry. I hope that it will only be a matter of weeks, but I am not entirely in control of the timetable.