Art Theft

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th December 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill on the Government's commitment to right historic wrongs in terms of spoliation between 1938 and 1945; and if she will make a statement.

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

The Government remain committed to correcting the terrible injustices suffered by those who lost cultural objects at the hands of the Nazis. The immunity from seizure proposed in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill will not apply to any works which are usually kept within the UK, or which are owned by someone ordinarily resident in the UK. Objects in the permanent collections of UK museums will be unaffected by the proposals in the Bill. Claims can still be made against them and referred to the Spoliation Advisory Panel at the request of the claimant. By contributing to the mobility of collections, immunity from seizure legislation can increase information available on the whereabouts of particular works of art, assisting claimants to make claims in the appropriate jurisdiction.

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