Art Works: Exports

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 21-23W, on art works: exports, which objects (a) were purchased before the expiration of the bar and (b) were sold to overseas buyers in each year since 2002-03.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture; Minister for the East of England), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

holding answer 13 October 2008

I refer the hon. Member to the published annual reports of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, copies of which are available from the House Library. The information for (a) can be found in part I under 'items acquired'. The information for (b) is not available as it is neither the Committee's—nor DCMS's—responsibility to record an object's movements in the event of an export licence being granted.

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