asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations have taken place about the proposal to move the copy of the painting by Charles Sims of Lady Astor, Arthur Balfour and David Lloyd George from the Terrace Corridor to another place in the House.
The Works of Art Committee under the chairmanship of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, East (Sir Derek Walker-Smith), is responsible for advising on works of art in the House of Commons, and it decided at its meeting on 23rd July 1980 that this picture should be moved to a more suitable location in the House. This move is to be arranged during the Summer Recess.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report those prints, paintings and other various works of art which are in the ownership of Parliament which are loaned abroad; and if he will also list by them the institutions abroad that hold works of art which are in the ownership of Parliament.
No works of art owned by Parliament are at present loaned abroad; however, it is proposed to loan temporarily to the Canadian Hansard the portrait of Mr. Luke Hansard presently hanging in the Editor of the Official Report's office, to mark the centenary of the publication of their own official proceedings.