This reflects the Government's long-standing policy that works of art are never taken from public displays and are always returned the moment the lender plans to put them on show again. As such, the five portraits will be returned to the NPG next May, having been enjoyed by the thousands of people - from schoolchildren to heads of state - who visit No 10 every year. A better solution than simply putting them into storage, surely.
ALAN HOWARTH MP
Minister for the Arts
Department for Culture, Media and Sport