§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she proposes to accept the recent recommendations of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and take steps to establish a capital fund to assist in the protection of major works in danger of export.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
As I explained to the House in the debate on Museums (Purchase Grants) on 31st January, the combined resources for purchase of the national and local collections, supplemented if the merits of the case justify88W it by special purchase grants, in combination with the other measures I then described are available to protect works of art which it is proposed to export. My noble Friend does not consider that a capital fund as recommended is justificd.—[Vol. 849, c. 1509–24.]