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National Collections (Curators)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what appointments of curators of national collections he is responsible.

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, in view of recent events, it is desirable that the Minister responsible for the arts should have some responsibility for the appointment of a curator of the Royal pictures in Buckingham Palace?

It is a private collection which has nothing to do with the Government. With regard to this matter, I offer to the hon. Gentleman the advice of Lord Melbourne—"Why cannot you leave it alone?".