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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 10 June 2009

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill


 

[First Sitting]


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Not selected  2

 

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  3

 

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

 

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

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  4

 

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

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  5

 

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

 

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

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  6

 

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,’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 10 June 2009            

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Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  7

 

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,’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  8

 

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

 

Cultural Objects)’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  9

 

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

 

‘(1A)    

This Act extends to—

 

(a)    

England and Wales, and

 

(b)    

Scotland.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  10

 

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

 

‘(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.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 10 June 2009            

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Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, continued

 
 

New Clauses

 

Power to return victims’ property

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Added  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.’.

 


 

“Advisory Panel”

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Added  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.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 10 June 2009            

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Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Barbara Follett

 

Agreed to  1

 

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’.

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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