HC Deb 03 December 1979 vol 975 c22
22. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what appointments of curators of national collections he is responsible.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

None, Sir.

Mr. Hamilton

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, in view of recent events, it is desirable that the Minister responsible for the arts should have some responsibility for the appointment of a curator of the Royal pictures in Buckingham Palace?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

It is a private collection which has nothing to do with the Government. With regard to this matter, I offer to the hon. Gentleman the advice of Lord Melbourne—"Why cannot you leave it alone?".

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