Graham Ovenden

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of The Earl of Clancarty The Earl of Clancarty Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation the Metropolitan Police has brought the action against Graham Ovenden to order his collection of art to be forfeited and destroyed.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

This action was brought under section 5 of the Protection of Children Act 1978. The Government believes in freedom of expression in the arts, but it is imperative that we have robust laws to prevent the making of indecent images of children. Decisions on the destruction of any artwork are made by our independent courts and may be subject to appeal.

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