asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he has been able to consult the Lord Chamberlain as to the possibility of reopening the State apartments at Kensington Palace to the public on Sunday afternoons in the event of it not being possible, on grounds of expense, to open them to the public throughout the week?
No funds are at present available to meet any expenditure incidental to reopening the State apartments at Kensington Palace, but the First Commissioner is consulting the Lord Chamberlain as to the possibility of making provision in next year's Estimates. Meanwhile I would remind the hon. Member that the majority of the objects of interest which formerly attracted visitors to Kensington Palace have since been transferred to the London Museum at Lancaster House.