Royal Academy

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1979.

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Photo of Mr Norman St John-Stevas Mr Norman St John-Stevas , Chelmsford 12:00 am, 3rd December 1979

I am afraid that I cannot give the undertaking that my hon. Friend requires, because there has been no tradition of Government support for the Royal Academy. However, I recently read in the Sunday Telegraph—so it is likely to be true—that the postimpressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy is so successful that it is not likely to be facing an immediate financial crisis. Perhaps it is along those lines that the Royal Academy's financial problems can be solved.