Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:05 pm on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Chair, Treasury Committee, Chair, Treasury Committee 2:05 pm, 10th September 2021

With the leave of the House, I thank all those who have participated in this debate to support what I think is a very important Bill. The shadow Secretary of State, Alison McGovern, managed to convey far more eloquently than I did the importance of this narrow Bill to the broader issues at stake. I thank my hon. Friend Mark Jenkinson for sharing his experiences and knowledge of this sector. My hon. Friend Angela Richardson told us about the time that the volcano erupted and informed us that she was not a cultural object. Perhaps one day she will be a cultural icon—who knows?

My hon. Friend Mike Wood shared his experience of many museums, particularly those in his constituency. My hon. Friend Robbie Moore raised the issue of the Ilkley Toy Museum, which sounds absolutely fascinating and I look forward to visiting that at some point in the future. Through my hon. Friend Dr Davies, by way of an intervention from my hon. Friend Chris Clarkson, we finally got the pronunciation correctly delivered of the volcano in Iceland, so I thank him for that contribution. Finally, I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for all her support and her very hard-working officials at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who were very patient in answering the many questions I had of them in pursuing the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time; to stand committed to a Public Bill Committee (Standing Order No. 63).