HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 c240W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans she has for exhibiting the Turner collections at the Tate Gallery in such a manner as to avoid any admission charge.

Mrs. Thatcher

Although it is sometimes stated that the Tate Gallery received works by J. W. M. Turner under the terms of his will, and that there is therefore an obligation to exhibit them without charge to the public, there is no sound basis for this assumption. Turner died in 1851, but his will was disputed by his next-of-kin, and under the ultimate settlement of 1856 the collections were made available to the nation without any restriction relating to charge of admission.