Irvine and the art of home decorating

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The Lord Chancellor's office defended Lord Irvine of Lairg last night over his decision to borrow 87 paintings from Scottish galleries for his grace and favour apartment at the Palace of Westminster, writes Colin Brown.

The reports of the loan were the latest episode in the saga of the Lord Chancellor's lavish pounds 650,000 refurbishment of hisapartments which continues to cause the Government embarrassment. A spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's office said the paintings were in store and curators were "delighted" that they would be put on show in Lord Irvine's official residence.

The Scotsman reported last night that the National Gallery in Scotland had refused a request by Lord Irvine to borrow Sweetest Eyes Were Ever Seen by Millais, which is a big attraction.

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