British Museum Act

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward amendments to the British Museum Act 1963 following the judgment of the High Court in the case of works of art formerly owned by Arthur Feldman and now in the British Museum; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture)

We are carefully considering the recent recommendation of the Spoliation Advisory Panel that legislation should be introduced to permit the return of items where possession was lost during the Nazi era. The Vice Chancellor's judgment of 27 May provides clarity in this important area and will contribute to our consideration of the Panel's recommendation.

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