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Somerset House (Fine Rooms)

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he now has any statement to make concerning the future use of the Fine Rooms at Somerset House, with particular reference to the Courtauld institute of art, London university, and the bequest to it for public exhibition of Count Seilern's collection of paintings and drawings.

My right hon. Friend had preliminary discussions with the vice chancellor of the University of London about the practicability of using the Fine Rooms and Upper Galleries of Somerset House to display some or all of the picture collection of the Courtauld institute. As the discussions are at an early stage it would be premature for me to make a statement.