HC Deb 27 January 1993 vol 217 cc724-5W
Mr. Faulds

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list the items for which the issuing of export licences was withheld on the recommendation of the Reviewing Commitee on the Export of Works of Art during the half year ended 31 December 1992, specifying in each case the valuation and whether an item was exported or retained, with particulars in the latter event of the acquiring institution; whether he will list any items for which licences have been withheld but the final disposal of which is not yet decided, specifying in each case(a) the valuation and (b) the relevant time limit; and if a press notice will be issued by his Department covering the information given in his reply, including that relating to the outcome in individual cases.

Mr. Brooke

[holding answer 19 January 1993]: The information is as follows:

Mr. Key

[holding answer 25 January 1993]: Sir Alan Bailey has been appointed to chair the inquiry into the adequacy of fire protection measures at all the royal palaces for which the Department of National Heritage has financial responsibility. His professional experience as a senior civil servant fits appropriately with the requirement for this inquiry, as others, to bring together, analyse, assess, and advise on, the variety of issues involved. In particular, Sir Alan, as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Transport, was closely involved in the response to the recommendations of the Fennell inquiry following the Kings Cross fire. Sir Alan will be paid on a daily fee basis of £398 plus expenses.