HC Deb 18 February 1953 vol 511 cc142-3W
Sir D. Savory

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused to readers at the British Museum by the early closing of the reading room; and whether it would be possible to allow readers to stay till 7 p.m. as the present time limit makes it impossible for people fully occupied in the day-time to pursue their researches.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The Trustees of the British Museum appreciate that there is a demand for later opening of the Reading Room. This would mean not inconsiderable expense and in view of the need for economy they do not feel able to institute this extension of their services to the public at the present time.