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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 10 June 2009

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment leaves out clause 1 (powers of de-accession), which is replaced by the new clause

 

inserted by NC1 (power to return victims’ property).

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘The Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds the Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland to the list of

 

bodies to which the Bill applies.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  3,  after ‘The’ insert ‘Board of’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amends the reference to the Trustees of the National Gallery to refer to the Board of Trustees

 

of the National Gallery. This is the full name given by the Museums and Galleries Act 1992.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘The Trustees of the National Library of Scotland,’.


 
 

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Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, continued

 
 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland to the list of bodies to which

 

the Bill applies.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘The Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on

 

Merseyside,

 

The Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds the Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside

 

and the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland to the list of bodies to which the

 

Bill applies.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘The Trustees of the Natural History Museum,

 

The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds the Trustees of the Natural History Museum and the Board of Trustees of

 

the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to the list of bodies to which the Bill applies.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  leave out ‘(Stolen Art) Restitution’ and insert ‘(Return of

 

Cultural Objects)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amends the short title.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

This Act extends to—

 

(a)    

England and Wales, and

 

(b)    

Scotland.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This adds a new subsection which provides that the Bill extends to England and Wales and Scot­

 

land.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  12,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—


 
 

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‘(2)    

The preceding sections of this Act come into force on such day as the Secretary

 

of State may by order appoint.

 

(3)    

An order may make different provision for different purposes.

 

(4)    

Before appointing a day for the coming into force of the preceding sections of this

 

Act so far as they relate to Scottish bodies the Secretary of State must consult the

 

Scottish Ministers.

 

(5)    

“Scottish body” has the meaning given by section [Power to return victims’

 

property](5).

 

(6)    

This Act expires at the end of the period of 10 years beginning with the day on

 

which it is passed.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This replaces the current commencement provision and sunset clause with new subsections. The

 

new subsections provide for commencement by order. They also provide for the Bill to expire 10

 

years after it is passed.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Power to return victims’ property

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A body to which this Act applies may transfer an object from its collections if the

 

following conditions are met.

 

(2)    

Condition 1 is that the Advisory Panel has recommended the transfer.

 

(3)    

Condition 2 is that the Secretary of State has approved the Advisory Panel’s

 

recommendation.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may approve a recommendation for the transfer of an

 

object from the collections of a Scottish body only with the consent of the

 

Scottish Ministers.

 

(5)    

“Scottish body” means—

 

The Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland,

 

The Trustees of the National Library of Scotland,

 

The Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland.

 

(6)    

The power conferred by subsection (1) does not affect any trust or condition

 

subject to which any object is held.

 

(7)    

The power conferred by subsection (1) is an additional power.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This provides that a body listed in clause 2 may transfer objects from its collections where two con­

 

ditions are satisfied. First, the transfer must be recommended by the Advisory Panel. Secondly, the

 

Secretary of State must approve the recommendation (with the consent of the Scottish Ministers in

 

some cases).

 



 
 

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“Advisory Panel”

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

For the purposes of this Act “Advisory Panel” means a panel for the time being

 

designated by the Secretary of State for those purposes.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State may designate a panel for the purposes of this Act only if

 

the panel’s functions consist of the consideration of claims which—

 

(a)    

are made in respect of objects, and

 

(b)    

relate to events occurring during the Nazi era.

 

(3)    

“Nazi era” means the period—

 

(a)    

beginning with 1 January 1933, and

 

(b)    

ending with 31 December 1945.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This defines “Advisory Panel” for the purposes of the Act. The panel is to be designated by the

 

Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may only designate a panel whose functions consist of

 

considering claims relating to events occurring during the Nazi era (1933 -1945).

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

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Title, leave out lines 1 to 5 and insert ‘Confer power to return certain cultural objects on

 

grounds relating to events occurring during the Nazi era’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment substitutes a new long title to the Bill.

 


 
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