§ Sir Michael Neubert
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of the Museums and Galleries Commission's administration of its role in the acceptance in lieu scheme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sproat
Yes. There are several stages involved in considering offers of pre-eminent works of art and other heritage items, and I am satisfied that the Museums and Galleries Commission handles these effectively in dealing with individual offers. It is helpful that the Museums and Galleries Commission has asked a number of key figures in the art world to form an advisory panel. This panel's expertise in identifying those best qualified to comment on pre-eminence and valuation, and subsequently in assessing this advice, is proving effective. I am satisfied that these new procedures contribute positively to the operation of the scheme.