HC Deb 29 March 1849 vol 104 cc20-1

gave notice, that on Friday or Monday he would put a question to the Government as to whether they would permit the importation, free of duty, of works of art purchased from the Provisional Government of Rome.


asked whether there existed any law or any power which would prevent the delivery of such works of art, if purchased in this country?


said, he had no means of information on this matter not possessed by Members generally. He apprehended there was no law of trade in this country to prevent works of art coming into the country, however obtained. The possession of those works of art was another question; and custom-house officers could not he expected to distinguish as to how those articles had been obtained.

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