§ Mr. Robert Cooke
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will make a statement about Government assistance to the National Portrait Gallery towards the purchase of a sixteenth century portrait of John Bourchier, Second Baron Berners.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Government have agreed that Parliament shall be asked to approve a special purchase grant of £10,000 to the National Portrait Gallery towards the purchase of this picture. A Supplementary Estimate will be laid before Parliament in due course but, meanwhile, the money will be advanced from the Contingencies Fund.80W