HC Deb 28 April 1938 vol 335 cc320-1W
Mr. Leckie

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is neither architecturally beautiful nor convenient for its purpose, since there is no longer space to house the national collection; and, in view of these facts, will he consider replacing the existing building by a building more suitable for its purpose and more worthy of the finest site in Europe?

Sir P. Sassoon:

I cannot accept the hon. Member's statement as to the architectural quality and the convenience and adequacy for its purpose of the National Gallery, and I am therefore unable to contemplate replacing the building by another.

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