§ 32. Mr. Kenneth Baker
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he intends to implement the recommendations of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art concerning the export of documents and manuscripts; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Miss Jennie Lee
I am considering these recommendations carefully, but I am not yet in a position to make a statement. It is a very much more complex matter than appears at first sight.
§ Miss Lee
I am giving this matter urgent consideration. On common sense grounds, it would seem that, if we cannot keep all the manuscripts in this country, we should at least keep copies for the benefit of our own scholars. That is what we would all like. However, I assure the hon. Gentleman that there are limits in a capitalist society to what one can do with private property in the lifetime of those who own the manuscripts. There are many different complications.
§ Mr. Whitaker
Would the right hon. Lady also consider the proposals of the Cottesloe Committee for a fund to safeguard the export of works of art?