§ Mr. Crouch
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether public funds are being made available towards the purchase by the National Portrait Gallery of two miniatures of Sir Francis Drake by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver (self-portrait), respectively.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Yes. An amount of £31,500 is being made available, and an advance of this sum will be made from the Contingencies Fund in the first instance. Parliamentary approval will be sought in due course.