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Works Of Art (Export)

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in the light of the forthcoming sale of outstanding works of art at Mentmore, what consideration she will give to publicising in advance of such sales the Government's intentions towards specific objects for which export licences may be refused.

Export licences are required for works of art over 100 years old and worth £4,000 or more. If the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art were to recommend that an export licence should not be granted immediately my right hon. Friend would have to consider the recommendation on the merits of the particular case.