HC Deb 25 October 1955 vol 545 c13W
Mr. Hay

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about the acquisition by the National Gallery of a painting by E1 Greco.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art considered an application for a licence to export the painting by E1 Greco known as "The Dream of Philip II." The Committee decided that the picture ought to be retained in this country and, on their recommendation, I have agreed that a special grant of £30,100 should be made to the National Gallery towards the purchase price of £42,500, the balance being found by the National Gallery Trustees from their own resources. An advance has been made from the Civil Contingencies Fund and a Supplementary Estimate will be presented to the House in due course.