HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 cc30-1W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he is aware that in many other countries art galleries and museums are open in the evenings; and if he will make similar arrangements in respect of galleries and museums under his control in the United Kingdom;

(2) in view of the value of the contents of the museums and art galleries under his control, much of which has been acquired by public funds or donations from the public at different times, if he will examine the arrangements regarding hours of opening in the light of conditions prevailing today to enable the public to make full use of these exhibitions;

(3) to what extent the governing bodies of museums and art galleries under Government control in London are given a discretion in fixing the hours of opening and closing.

Mr. Powell

The hours of opening of State museums and galleries are a matter for the trustees concerned.