Is my right hon. Friend aware that these open-air sculpture exhibitions have been held triennially for the last 21 years despite any economic crises that may have occurred during that time? Since this is an important and popular feature of London's artistic life which encourages British sculptors and is a great attraction to foreign visitors, and in view of the small sum involved, will my right hon. Friend press the G.L.C. to reconsider this mean and petty decision?
I am aware of the regularity with which these exhibitions have been held over the years, and I seem to recall attending the very first one, in the company of my right hon. Friend the Member for Vauxhall (Mr. Strauss). I, too, would be sorry if they were not continued. The Government do not impose restrictions on this type of local authority expenditure—I want that to be clear—and it is, therefore, for the local authorities themselves to decide their priorities, bearing in mind the funds available.