HL Deb 08 November 1999 vol 606 c128WA
Lord Freyberg

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether works of art that come before the Works of Art Export Reviewing Committee for a permanent export licence can be seen by members of the public during the deferral period. [HL4464]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The owner of an object on which a temporary export bar is placed may undertake to display it publicly to assist any fundraising appeal that might arise as a result of the deferral period. A member of the public could also request the owner's permission to view the object in the capacity of a potential purchaser. The object remains private property during the deferral period and it is for the owner to decide whether to allow public access to it.