§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether a work of art, accepted by the Government in lieu of capital transfer tax, it to be allocated to the National Museum of Wales.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales has accepted the recommendation of the Museums and Galleries Commission and agreed that two paintings by William Hogarth entitled "The House of Cards" and "A Children's Party", should be allocated to the National Museum of Wales. Seventeen institutions applied to house these important paintings, and both I and my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Arts welcome their allocation to a gallery outside London. The level of interest shown by so many institutions shows that the acceptance in lieu scheme is well thought of in the museum world and ensures the preservation of important works of art throughout this country.