§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will seek powers to transfer the responsibility from his Department to the Museums and 381W Galleries Commission for administering acceptances of heritage objects in satisfaction of capital transfer tax; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Channon
Any transfer of ministerial responsibilities under the National Heritage Act 1980 would require legislation in a future Parliament. Departmental arrangements for administering those responsibilities are always open to review and the hon. Member's suggestion could be considered in the next Parliament.