§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in view of the desire of the Trustees of the National Gallery to acquire Titian's painting. The Death of Actaeon, and their willingness to mortgage their future grants to do so, what financial provision the Government is willing to make towards the national purchase of this painting.434W
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
I understand that the purchasers have applied for a licence to export the painting and that the matter will be referred to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art. We must wait until the Committee has given its decision and the purchaser's reaction to this decision is known before action on the future of the picture can be considered.