§ Mr. Hamling
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement about Government assistance to the Tate Gallery towards the recent purchase of the portrait of Ashley Cowper with his wife and daughter by Hogarth.306W
§ Miss Jennie Lee
Yes. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has agreed that Parliament should be invited to approve a special grant of £6,450 towards the purchase of this picture. A Supplementary Estimate will be laid before Parliament in due course. Meanwhile, the money will be advanced from the Civil Contingencies Fund.