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Royal Fine Art Commission

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Prime Minister if he has considered the documents, forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Maldon, concerning the generally unsatisfactory results of the findings given on architectural matters by the Royal Fine Art Commission; and if he will consider whether the powers and terms of reference of this Commission need amendment in order to secure improvement in this respect.

I have been asked to reply. Yes, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has read the article to which my hon. Friend refers. It expresses disagreement with the advice given to the Government and other public authorities on a number of recent occasions by the Royal Fine Art Commission. My right hon. Friend does not consider that any change in either the powers or the terms of reference of the Commission is likely to prevent some critics from disagreeing in the future as they have done in the past with the advice which it gives.