Tate Gallery

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1969.

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Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West 12:00 am, 6th March 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent consultations he has had with the Trustees of the Tate Gallery; and with what result.

Photo of Miss Jennie Lee Miss Jennie Lee , Cannock

With my colleagues in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Public Building and Works, I met a number of the Trustees last week to consider future plans for the Tate Gallery. Further consultations are taking place and must be concluded before I shall be in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West

In view of the great public interest in the matter, can the right hon. Lady say when she is likely to be in a position to make a statement? Can she assure the House that in her discussions consideration is being given to the alternative sites at the rear of the Gallery.

Photo of Miss Jennie Lee Miss Jennie Lee , Cannock

I can certainly give that assurance. We are all very much in a hurry. I hope that it will only be a matter of weeks, but I am not entirely in control of the timetable.