HC Deb 24 July 1984 vol 64 c561W
Q16. Mr. Michael Marshall

asked the Prime Minister upon what basis she selects portraits for display in 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister

Portraits are selected for their connection with 10 Downing Street itself and its past distinguished occupants; or because the sitter played an important part in the history of our country; or for their importance as works of art by British portraitists.