§ 35. Mr. Strauss
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will amend the rules of the committee responsible for the granting and withholding of export licences for works of art so as to enable museums and London galleries to acquire important works which are not already represented in any public gallery.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science (Miss Jennie Lee)
I have this matter under consideration. I am most anxious that both our regional and London museums and galleries should have the fullest opportunity to acquire important works of art.
§ Mr. Strauss
Is my right hon. Friend aware that many important historic objects, which are part of our national heritage, are leaving this country in great quantities, although our museums which do not possess such objects are most anxious to acquire them? Does she not agree that it is therefore necessary to take early action to check this flow by giving new terms of reference to the Reviewing Committee?