Cultural Heritage

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Government Ministers or other departmental appointees hold responsibilities for decisions relating to requests from foreign (a) Governments and (b) cultural institutions relating to artefacts in the collections of British museums.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism)

It is a long-standing policy of successive Governments in the UK that decisions relating to museum collections are for museum trustees to take, and the Government do not intervene. The Secretary of State appoints some museum trustees but appointments are also made by the Prime Minister, Her Majesty the Queen and others.

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