HC Deb 25 February 1971 vol 812 cc221-2W
69. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans she has for financial help to art galleries in provincial cities to deal with the problem of preserving valuable paintings from serious deterioration.

Mrs. Thatcher

The preservation of paintings in a local authority art gallery or museum is the responsibility of the local authority concerned. My noble Friend, the Paymaster-General is, however, considering surveying the needs of provincial art galleries and museums which would include the problem of conservation of important works of art. As he stated in another place on 16th December, the Government will be prepared to look sympathetically at these needs.