Artists' Resale Right

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British artists have received Artist's Resale Right (ARR) payments since February 2006 on individual sales between £1,000 and £3,000, excluding those artists who also benefited from payments on sales above £3,000; and, for those artists who were not excluded, what was the average individual ARR transaction.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Under the Artist's Resale Right Directive 2001 /84/EC, and the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006, Government are not required to collect or retain any information on sales or royalties paid. Consequently the Government do not hold the data asked for in this question.

However, figures from the independent Szymanski report, commissioned by the previous Government, show that during the first year of resale right in the UK, 436 living British artists received payments for sales in the €1,000 to €3,000 span, but of those only 167 (around a third) had sold items falling into other cost spans. Figures the Government have received from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) show that over a number of years post 2006, sales between €1,000 and €3,000 amounted to around £75,000 of resale payments per annum, and made up nearly a third of all currently qualifying sales.

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