§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether, with reference to his written answer to the hon. Member for Warley East, Official Report, 19 December 1979, expressing the hope that the 25th Report of the Reviewing Committee on the export of works of art covering the year ended 30 June 1979 would be published early in the current year, he can now give an approximate date for its publication; and whether, as 37W previously suggested by written answer, Official Report, 26 July 1979, columns 353–4, he will request the committee to arrange for its annual reports covering periods ended 30 June to be sent to the printers by the end of the calendar year in question, thus allowing six months for its preparation.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
I have received the report for 1978–9 of the Reviewing Committee on the export of works of art and am considering it. In general, I hope that the Reviewing Committee's reports will be published as soon as possible after the end of the year under review, but it would be impracticable for me to make a commitment to a particular date.