HC Deb 14 January 1998 vol 304 c226W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those gifts received by(a) the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal Family from heads of state during 1997 which have been given to the nation, indicating their estimated value. [20812]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 15 December 1997]: Official gifts received by The Queen from Heads of State in 1997 were:

  • Two shell baskets and wall hanging
  • Silver salver
  • Bronze sculpture of giraffes
  • Wooden carving of a seated man
  • Set of silver tray, box and bowls
  • Silver model of boat
  • Carved wooden statue
  • Book of antiquarian maps
  • A pair of carpets
  • Silver tea-set, marble inlay table and a carved wooden elephant
  • Two water colours of orchids.

It is not the normal practice to estimate the value of such gifts.

No other member of the Royal Family received gifts for the nation from Heads of State.