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 if she will bring forward measures to empower national museums and galleries to return stolen or looted artworks to their lawful owners; and if she will make a statement.

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

My Department has issued a consultation paper on the restitution of objects spoliated during the Nazi era. The consultation asks whether it would be appropriate to remove the current statutory restrictions to allow museums to restitute works of art in their collections which were lost during the Nazi era. The consultation has now ended and we are considering the responses and next steps.

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