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Works Of Art (Disposal)

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will list the items for which the issuing of export licences was withheld on the recommendation of the reviewing committee on the export of works of art during the half year ended 30 June, specifying in each case the valuation and whether an item was exported or retained, with particulars in the latter event of the acquiring institution; whether he will list any items for which licences have been withheld but the final disposal of which is not yet decided, specifying in each case (a) the valuation and (b) the relevant time limits; and whether a press notice will be issued from his Department covering the information given in his reply.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry accepted my recommendation, following consideration by the reviewing committee on the export of works of art, to defer making for a specified period a decision on an export licence application in respect of the items listed. Details of all the items listed were given in press notices issued at the time the Secretary of State decided to accept the recommendation.

Description of Item




George III ormolu-mounted mahogany oval wine cooler56,856.30Retained: Purchased by the National Museum of Wales
Roman marble and giltwood centre tables by Giacomo Raffaelli and Giuseppe Leonardi c.1850530,906Decision deferred until 25 August 1990