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Works Of Art

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what cases there have been of the sale abroad of works of art, following the issue of export licences for temporary exhibition abroad.

It is not the practice to disclose particulars of individual export licensing cases, but my Department is aware of two instances in the last 10 years in which works not of national importance were temporarily exported and subsequently sold while abroad. The pro-

Russian origin imported in 1979 was 52.2 million.