Soviet Union (Ministerial Visit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1988.

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Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks , Newham North West 12:00 am, 4th July 1988

With the Minister going to the Soviet Union, and my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Fisher) going to China, I am beginning to suspect that there is a Communist plot. Will the Minister say whether we can expect some cultural perestroika in this country, given the damage that has been done to the arts by the Government's policies? Will he say whether his visit to the Soviet Union was coincidental with the fact that the noble Lord Gowrie is trying to earn some Moscow gold this Thursday by selling off Soviet pictures for Sothebys?