§ Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what was(a) the number of undertakings given by her under section 16 of the 813W National Heritage Act 1980 during the six-month period ended 30 September 1995 and (b) the amount of value, expressed in sterling, of any contingent liabilities as at the end of that period in respect of such undertakings given by her under that section at any time as remain outstanding at the end of that period. 
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The information my hon. Friend requests is as follows:
In the six-month period ended 30 September 1995 the following undertakings to indemnify were given by the relevant Departments for items on loan to national and non-national institutions.
Number Department of National Heritage 470 Scottish Office Education Department 78 Welsh Office Education Department 37 Department of Education for Northern Ireland 16
The value of contingent liabilities in respect of such undertakings given at any time and outstanding at 30 September 1995 are:
£ Department of National Heritage 1,975,720,233 Scottish Office Education Department 137,926,172 Welsh Office Education Department 35,201,147 Department of Education for Northern Ireland 4,333,303