HC Deb 23 February 1922 vol 150 cc2155-6W

asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether his attention has been drawn to the remarks made on 15th February by the right hon. Member for Central Glasgow to the effect that the real hope of recovery of trade was in trade with countries which produce raw materials, and that the best market of all was the Colonies; whether it is now proposed to eject from certain exhibition galleries of the Imperial Institute some of the samples of Colonial raw materials placed there for assisting imperial trade and replacing them by exhibits from the War Museum; and, if he dues so propose, whether he will reconsider his policy of saving rent for the housing of War Museum exhibits, seeing that it will injure trade generally and in particular retard its recovery at the moment?


The question of my hon. Friend raises large issues of Imperial interest, on which I offer no opinion; but it is hoped that the proposals made by the Office of Works will in no way impede the development of British trade and industry.