Tate Gallery (Loan of Pictures)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Richard Collard Mr Richard Collard , Norfolk Central 12:00 am, 29th November 1960

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce amending legislation to enable the trustees of the Tate Gallery to lend pictures for other than public exhibition.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I am looking into this and will write to my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Richard Collard Mr Richard Collard , Norfolk Central

Perhaps it would be more helpful if I made sure that my right hon. and learned Friend was aware of the reason behind my Question. Is he aware that the Tate Gallery owns the picture called "The Lament for Icarus" by Herbert Draper, which is particularly suitable for display at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell? The College would like to have it and the Tate Gallery would like to lend it. Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the only thing that prevents such an admirable arrangement is that the College is not, strictly speaking, a public place?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I will certainly take that into account in considering the matter.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

Is a picture of Icarus, who crashed in "the drink", really particularly suitable for Cranwell? [Laughter.] But, seriously, as this is a matter of some public interest, would the right hon. and learned Gentleman consider circulating his answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT instead of only writing to his hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, Central (Mr. Collard)?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I would certainly consider giving fuller publicity to the answer.