asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many of the works of Turner, owned by the nation, are currently on display in museums and galleries for which he is responsible; and what percentage this is of the total.
At the moment and pending the completion of the new galleries for the Tate now under construction, 135 oil paintings and some 300 watercolours by Turner are currently on display in the national museums and galleries in England. This represents about 45 per cent. of the Turner oil paintings belonging to those institutions and 1½ per cent. of the remainder. For reasons of conservation the watercolours are not suitable for permanent exhibition.