HC Deb 14 March 1917 vol 91 cc1107-8W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware of the circumstances of the loss to Dublin of Sir Hugh Lane's collection of pictures now in the London National Gallery; if he is aware that Sir Hugh Lane's death was caused by a German torpedo; is it the intention of the trustees of the National Gallery to benefit London by the sinking of the "Lusitania"; if he is aware that the codicil to his "will, unwitnessed, expressed the real wishes of Sir Hugh as to the dis- posal of his collection of pictures, and that the codicil which is in his own handwriting is to the effect that the pictures were to go to Dublin: if he will request the London National Gallery, in the interest of justice and equity, to restore the pictures to Dublin; and, if legislation is required to allow of this being done, will he take the necessary steps to meet with the requirements of the law and introduce a Bill without delay?


I have no official responsibility for the actions of the trustees of the National Gallery in London.