HC Deb 05 November 1979 vol 973 cc27-8
27. Mr. Neubert

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is satisfied with the present provision in London of museum facilities for the theatre.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

No, Sir. If sufficient resources are available, I hope that a start will be made during the next financial year on providing a theatre museum in the Covent Garden location which has long been earmarked for that purpose.

Mr. Neubert

Will my right hon. Friend use his powers of persuasion to ensure that there is no further hitch in the provision of that museum in Covent Garden? Is he aware that the museum is to be housed in the basement of a building that has had to be progressively converted from top to bottom? In the course of that conversion, by some incredible act of folly, the basement has been flooded. Will he bring his magic touch to securing the rapid completion of that project?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I am grateful for that tribute to my magic touch, but I think that a flood could be described as an act of God. I shall do my best to see that this most important project, in which I take a personal interest goes ahead on time.