HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 c1440W
Mr. A. Herbert

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the institution of a department of arts in order to secure that the arts do not suffer unduly through the war; that artistic effort and education be adequately maintained, and the services and powers of artists be fully and effectively utilised for the purposes of war wherever possible?

The Prime Minister

I do not consider that the establishment of a new Department is necessary. I have, however, been glad to note that a Central Institute of Art and Design has recently been formed, and I have no doubt that the institute will go far to achieve the objects which the hon. Member has in mind. The Board of Education will for their part continue to do all that is possible to encourage art education despite the difficulties inevitably created by the war.