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Works of Art

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will reconsider proposals in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill, relating to looted antiquities and Nazi-looted works of art, to ensure that they will not prevent the rightful owners of the works of art from recovering their stolen property if it is displayed in British institutions. [HL316]

The proposals in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill granting protection to cultural objects on loan have now been introduced into the House of Lords and will be subject to the usual parliamentary scrutiny. The Government will listen very carefully to all points made in the debates on these provisions and will consider whether they will achieve an appropriate balance between the interests of British museums and galleries and the interests of claimants to stolen property.