Consultation on Restitution of Objects Spoliated in the Nazi-Era

This consultation has now ended. The consultation period was 10 July - 10 November 2006.

A summary of the responses to the Consultation on Restitution of Objects Spoliated in the Nazi-Era was published 22 June 2007.

DCMS is seeking comments on whether the current statutory and other legal restrictions which prevent national museums from de-accessioning works of art in their collections, should be lifted to allow restitution of items which were lost during the Nazi era. 

The attached consultation paper invites views on how far a power to make restitution of objects lost during the Nazi era should extend, who should be responsible for taking decisions on restitution and what continuing role the Spoliation Advisory Panel should have.

The powers discussed in the paper relate only to the return of items lost as a result of the actions of the Nazis or their allies. It does not propose to remove the restrictions on museums' powers to dispose of objects in their collection in any other case.

Restitution of Objects Spoliated in the Nazi-Era: A Consultation Document PDF (294kb)

If you have any queries regarding this consultation please contact:

Cultural Property Unit
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH

Please note that all information in responses, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  If correspondent requests confidentiality this cannot be guaranteed, and will only be possible if considered appropriate under the legislation.

If you have any questions or complaints about the process of consultation on this paper, The Consultation Co-ordinator, Strategy Division, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH

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