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Calke Abbey

Volume 77: debated on Friday 26 April 1985

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asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts if, pursuant to his answer of 18 April, Official Report, column 257, he will state (a) how many of the contents of Calke Abbey accepted in satisfaction of capital transfer tax possessed a tax-discharge value of over £20,000 each; and whether he will specify the items heading that category, up to the number of 20, together with the amounts of tax satisfied in respect of each of them and (b) how many of the contents of Calke Abbey accepted in satisfaction of capital transfer tax possessed a tax-discharge value of less than £2,000 each, and what percentage this category represented in relation to the total number of items accepted.

The information requested is:

(a) Twelve of the items accepted from Calke Abbey in lieu of tax possessed-tax discharge values over £20,000 and the total amount of tax satisfied in this way was £347,000.
ItemsAmount of satisfied £'000s
George II gold cup20
3 paintings by John Ferneley Senior125
Painting by William Davis23
Painting by J. Linnell Senior23
Portrait by Tilly Kettle36
4 Paintings by Gabriel Ricciardelli84
Painting by Salamon Van Rvysdael36
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(b) About 1,400 of the items accepted from Calke possessed a tax discharge value of less than £2,000 each; these represented about 90 per cent. of the total number of items accepted.