Shipping magnate Sir William Burrell, who gifted his art collection to the city in 1944, stipulated that items should not be allowed to leave the country for fear of them being damaged. But Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, which runs the city's museums, and the Burrell Trustees believe travel is now safe enough to render the stipulation out of date. They want to tour pieces abroad while the building housing the collection is closed between 2016 and 2020 for a major, £40 million revamp. But first the Scottish Parliament must agree to remove the restrictions on travel imposed in Sir William's deed of gift.
The committee will hear further evidence in two weeks with Parliament likely to make a final decision in November.