HC Deb 23 June 1966 vol 730 cc121-2W
Mr. Cordle

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will refuse consent to the export of the manuscripts of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Mr. Jay

No. Manuscripts, documents and archives are not subject to export licensing control if they are less than 100 years old.

An application for a licence to export any manuscript within the control would be subject to the normal procedure for such manuscripts as set out in the Notice to Exporters on the Export of Works of Art and Antiques dated 13th February, 1961, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member.