Embassies: Iran

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Conservative, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide a detailed itemised inventory of what works of art from Government collections were on loan to the British Embassy and Residence in Tehran at the time of the riots in November 2011; and what claims for compensation for loss, damage or destruction have been made by the Government to insurers in respect of those items.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The following Government Art Collection (GAC) works of art were on display in Tehran when the British embassy was attacked in November 2011:

0/664 George HayterQueen Victoria (1819-1901) Reigned 1837-1901—oil painting;

5230 Ahmad—Fath 'Ali Shah (1797-1834) 2nd Qajar Shah of Iran—oil painting;

0/663 Sir Samuel Luke Fildes (after)—King Edward VII (1841-1910) Reigned 1901-10—oil painting;

17351 Adrian Berg—Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, June—oil painting;

13319 Cedric Morris—Tulips and Iris—oil painting; and

0/661 Sir Samuel Luke Fildes (after)—King George V (1865-1936) Reigned 1910-36—oil painting.

The GAC does not—and is not permitted under Government accounting regulations—to insure its own works on a commercial basis. They are Crown Property and displayed at the Government’s own risk within HMG buildings.

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