Looted Works of Art (Nazis)

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th February 2006.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) what estimate she has made of the number of works of art in public collections which are thought to have been looted by the Nazis;

(2) what estimate she has made of the number of objects in museums or galleries for which her Department has responsibility that are considered to be objects stolen by the Nazis.

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

The National Museums Directors' Conference, which is funded by Government to represent national UK museums, maintains a database on its website of items held in national collections which may be of uncertain provenance during the 1933–45 period. It has made no estimate of the number which are thought to have been looted by the Nazis.

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