asked the Minister for the Arts if he is in a position to give further details of his scheme for assisting young artists by displaying their work in Government offices.
I am introducing an experimental scheme whereby works of art which have not previously been exhibited widely will be reproduced and displayed in selected Government offices for the benefit of those who visit those offices and of the staff who work in them. Initially, the scheme will be limited to the Management and Personnel Office and the Office of Arts and Libraries, for which I am directly responsible. I am selecting a consultant to advise me on the details and the purchase of the works of arts. If the experiment is a success, other Government Departments will be invited to join in and the scheme will be operated on a large scale.