HC Deb 20 October 1972 vol 843 cc151-2W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has now had with the Chinese Government and the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, on the possibility of an exhibition of ancient Chinese art.

Mr. Anthony Royle

The Chinese Government have not yet told us exactly when and for how long the exhibition will be available in London. On the assumption that the exhibition could open here during the latter part of 1973 we have recommended to the Chinese Government and they have agreed, after consultation with the Royal Academy and others concerned, that Burlington House would be a suitable venue. I made proposals during my recent visit to China regarding the possibility of exhibitions of Chinese and British paintings in London and Peking. The Chinese response is still awaited.