Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:56 pm on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of James Davies James Davies Conservative, Vale of Clwyd 1:56 pm, 10th September 2021

Very well done. Hansard now needs to type it up, of course. Such environmental factors can pose a risk to the timely return of cultural objects on loan from international lenders. While the risk of seizure and forfeiture is extremely small, a number of countries place significant importance on the security of such protection. The Bill will provide greater certainty over the protection available, with the knowledge that it can be extended by up to three months at the discretion of the relevant Minister. It is hoped that, as a result, the confidence of owners of loaned objects will increase, providing a boost to the UK’s exhibitions sector and ensuring that this country continues to be recognised as a leader for the display of culturally significant artefacts. I support the Bill.