HC Deb 18 December 2002 vol 396 cc65-6WS
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell)

The Forty-eighth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art for 2001ߝ02 has been published today and copies have been laid before Parliament. The Reviewing Committee provides independent advice to the Minister for the Arts on the pre-eminence of cultural objects seeking export licences, using the Waverley criteria. During the year, following recommendations from the Reviewing Committee, temporary bars were placed on the export of 34 objects, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, furniture and manuscripts. Of these, 20 items valued at £2.7 million were purchased by institutions in the UK. The report contains the Reviewing Committee's comments on policy matters relating to the operation of the export control and the protection of cultural objects, and details of each case considered during the reporting year 1 July 2001ߝ30 June 2002.