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Written Statements

Thursday 5 November 2009

Animal Procedures Committee: Annual Report

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office (Meg Hillier) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In accordance with Section 20(5) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, the committee's annual report for 2008 has today been laid before the House. Copies are available in the Vote Office. The report includes:

the 86/609 Working Group submitted advice to the Home Office in relation to the revision of Directive EC 86/609;the Housing and Husbandry Sub-Committee guidance on fish welfare and euthanasia; the Education and Training Sub-Committee continued its work on module 5 training and guidance for accrediting bodies; the Minister's updated response to the Animal Procedures Committee's report on the annual statistical report; the Applications Sub-Committee produced guidance to applicants for the process of referral to the Applications Sub-Committee; and the committee's programme of work for 2009 onwards.

Cultural Objects: Acceptance-in-Lieu

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): My right honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Margaret Hodge) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

2008-09 has, once again, been a year of outstanding success for the acceptance-in-lieu scheme, with a wide range of cultural objects saved for the nation. Objects ranging from a Titian to a David Hockney and from family archives to architectural drawings with a value of £19.8 million have been accepted under the scheme.

This year's allocation includes "The Triumph of Love" by Titian and works by Van Dyck, Millais and Reynolds. Archives also feature heavily in this year's report, as do works by contemporary artists, including Frank Auerbach, David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin. Once again, the scheme has helped to save items which are of significance within a more local context such as a landscape by Gainsborough, which is to be allocated to Norwich Castle Museum.

All of these items will now be available for everyone to enjoy for all time.



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A full report detailing all of the material accepted in lieu in 2008-09 will be issued later today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which administers the scheme on behalf of the Government. It is available online at http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/cultural/tax/acceptance _in_lieu.

The following statement gives details of disposals and transfers made during 2008-09 as required under Section 9 (6) of the National Heritage Act 1980.

Table 1
Allocations made under the National Heritage Act 9(3) of items accepted in lieu of tax in the financial year 2008-09-permanent allocations
ItemTo whom permanently allocated

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Foundling Museum

"Le Château de la Duchesse de Berry" by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28)

The Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

The architectural archive of William Nicholas Brakspear (1818-98)

Royal Institute of British Architects

Iranian Qajar Enamelled Gold Bowl

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Japanese Edo-period Helmet

Victoria and Albert Museum

"Achill Landscape" by Paul Henry (1876-1958)

Tate

"The Triumph of Love" by Titian (Tiziano Vecello) (c. 1485-1576)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Trafalgar Sword and three groups of medals

The National Trust for display at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire

The archive of Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth

Devon Record Office

"Lead Mining at Leadhills" (four paintings) by David Allan (1744-96)

National Galleries of Scotland

The Bingley Cups

Victoria and Albert Museum

"Portrait of Princess Mary" by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Historic Royal Palaces for display at Hampton Court Palace

"Landscape" by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Castle Museum, Norwich

"The Entrance to the Grand Canal" by Francesco Guardi (1712-93)

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

"Study of Arms" by Perino del Vaga (1501-47)

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

"Birds in a Landscape" by Jacob Bogdani (1658-1724)

Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery

"Study for Doll Boy" and "The Berliner and the Bavarian" by David Hockney (b. 1937)

Tate

"The Vigor Family" by Joseph Highmore (1692-1780)

Victoria and Albert Museum

18th century needlework

Victoria and Albert Museum

"Still Life with Green Bottle" by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937)

National Galleries of Scotland

"The Flower Seller" by Walter Sickert (1860-1942)

Charleston, East Sussex

Shrubland Park architectural archive

Suffolk Record Office

The Archive of Sir Joseph Rotblat

Churchill Archive Centre, Cambridge



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Table 2
Allocations made under the National Heritage Act 9(4) of items accepted in lieu of tax in the financial year 2008-09-temporary allocations (those not superseded by a permanent allocation)
ItemTo whom temporarily allocated

The archive of the Winn Family of Nostell Priory

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council for management by the West Yorkshire Archive Service

Horace Walpole's Mirror from Strawberry Hill

Leeds City Council for display at Temple Newsam House, Leeds

"Portrait of the Rev. Isaac Donnithorne" by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Tate

The Archive of Frank Martin(1914-2004)

Tate

Three works by David Bomberg (1890-1957)

National Galleries of Scotland

"Children Playing" (recto) and "The Fireplace" (verso) by Joan Eardley (1921-63)

National Galleries of Scotland

The Aberdare Archive

Glamorgan Archive Joint Committee for deposit at the Glamorgan Record Office

"Portrait of Julia" by Frank Auerbach (b. 1932)

National Galleries of Scotland

"The Angelus" by Jean-François Millet (1814-75)

British Museum

"Hagar and the Angel" by John Runciman (1744-69)

National Galleries of Scotland

"Portrait of the Harcourt Family" by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Three nephrite handclubs and a stone adze

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Punch and Judy Archive

Victoria and Albert Museum

"Portrait of Violet Trefusis" by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)

National Portrait Gallery

"Portrait of Oscar Browning" by Emanuel Romano (1897-1984)

National Portrait Gallery

Penrhyn Castle Papers

Bangor University Library and Archive Service

Penrhyn Quarry Papers

Caernarfon Record Office

"Flower Painting" by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573-1621)

The National Gallery

"Shipping on the Schelde" by Bonaventura Peeters (1614-52)

The National Gallery

"The Proscribed Royalist" by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

Tate

Architectural Drawing by Jean Tijou (fl.1689-1712)

Royal Institute of British Architects

Roman funerary monument and altar

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

"Portrait of Peter Cochrane" by Sir Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)

National Portrait Gallery

"Narcissus" by Paris Bordone (1500-1571)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Judicial Declarations: Freemasonry

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Jack Straw) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Since 1998, all first-time successful candidates for judicial appointment or the magistracy have been required to declare whether or not they are freemasons, the aim of the scheme being to promote public confidence in the judicial system. This policy was part of a wider approach across the criminal justice system, though its particular application differed in the separate services of the criminal justice system.

The policy was put in place in response to a report of the Home Affairs Select Committee-Home Affairs Committee third report: Freemasonry in the Police and the Judiciary, Session 1996-97 (HC 192). The report itself made no finding of impropriety in the conduct of the judiciary arising from membership of individual members of the judiciary of the freemasons. Its

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recommendations were therefore of a precautionary nature, and intended to maintain public confidence in the criminal justice system.

The United Grand Lodge of England made representations in May. It drew attention to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Grande Oriente d'Italia di Palazzo Guistiniani v Italy (no. 1) and Grande Oriente d'Italia di Palazzo Guistiniani v Italy (no. 2) and indicated that they might seek judicially to review the application of the policy to the judiciary. In the light of my consideration of those representations I decided to review the policy.

As a result of this review we have decided to end the current policy of requiring applicants for judicial office to declare membership of the freemasons.

The review of the policy operating since 1998 has shown no evidence of impropriety or malpractice within the judiciary as a result of a judge being a freemason and in my judgment, therefore, it would be disproportionate to continue the collection or retention of this information.

There are existing safeguards that help support the proper performance of judicial functions, and these apply to freemasonry no less than other interests-in particular, the judicial oath, the availability of the complaints procedure and the Office for Judicial Complaints, the independence of the Judicial Appointments Commission, which recommends candidates for judicial appointment, and judicial terms and conditions of service.

I remain committed to the overarching objective of ensuring public confidence and transparency in the justice system. I believe that the safeguards mentioned will achieve this, but in the light of this change in policy I will keep under review, together with the Lord Chief Justice, whether other action is required.

Leasehold Advisory Service

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Ian Austin) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have deposited in the Library of the House a copy of the annual report and accounts of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) for the financial year 2008-09.

LEASE is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Assembly Government to provide advice, information and other services to the public and others in relation to residential leasehold, and by the Ministry of Justice in respect of commonhold law.

The report sets out its main activities and performance during the year, a summary of its forward plans, and details of the financial status of the service, along with statistics on the number of inquiries it has dealt with over the past 12 months.


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