HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 c460W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on the acquisition of works of art in each year since 1997, broken down by amounts spent on(a) paintings and (b) sculpture; what the single most expensive piece of art purchased by his Department since 1997 was; how much it cost; and what the total revenue raised by his Department through sales of its works of art has been since 1997. [142363]

Mr. Hain

The Wales Office was established in 1999. Since then the Department has not purchased or sold any works of art. However, my office does showcase a collection of Welsh artwork loaned to both our offices in Gwydyr House and Cardiff by the Government Art Collection and National Museums and Galleries.