National Theatre Project

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1944.

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Mr. E. P. Smith:

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the need for cultural reconstruction after the war, he will appoint a committee to consider the establishment of a national theatre and include upon it representatives nominated by the Government by all branches of the dramatic profession and by those various societies which have interested themselves in, and have collected substantial funds for, the project.

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I doubt whether the inquiry suggested need, or would best, be undertaken under Government auspices. In any event, the present moment is not opportune for considering this matter.

Mr. Smith:

Is the Chancellor aware that a very large body of the public and of the dramatic profession are interested in this matter and that, if the Government were to give a lead by appointing such a committee, they would do something really good for an important branch of British dramatic art?