HC Deb 16 March 1998 vol 308 c464W
20. Mr. Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received concerning London's art market. [32918]

Mr. Chris Smith

I have received representations from the British Art Market Federation and from individuals. I am aware of the concerns about any measures which may have an effect on the operation of the UK art trade.

The art trade makes an important contribution to the economy of this country; and the Government wish to ensure that the UK art market maintains its pre-eminent international position.