Art works

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on works of art. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
13.12.2012The Parthenon sculptures
The Parthenon Sculptures.
01.07.2010Artists' resale right

Research Papers

DateDescription
23.06.2009Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill: Committee stage report
This Bill (formerly known as the Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill, is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Andrew Dismore. It gives the trustees of various public museums in Great Britain the power to transfer any cultural objects currently held in their collections which had been misappropriated by the Nazi regime between 1939 and 1945, so that they can be restored to the lawful owners or their heirs. This is a report on the Committee stage of the Bill.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
12.05.2011TIGERTIME CAMPAIGN
That this House commends the work of the artist and conservationist David Shepherd on his 80th birthday and notes the launch of his worldwide movement to save the tiger in the wild, ...
11.05.2011FUTURE OF THE SIDE GALLERY IN NEWCASTLE
That this House calls on Arts Council England to review its decision to cut funding for the Side Gallery in Newcastle; recognises the unique work of the Side Gallery as the only gallery ...
10.01.2011TURNER'S FIRST ART BEQUEST
That this House is concerned that the generous intentions of JMW Turner's first art bequest to the nation are not being fulfilled by the trustees of the National Gallery, that, as a ...
08.12.2010SALE OF AUCKLAND CASTLE AND ZURBARáN PAINTINGS
That this House notes that the Bishop of Durham has lived in Auckland Castle for nearly 900 years; further notes that the paintings by Francisco de Zurbarn of Jacob and his 12 sons ...
06.09.2010CENTENARY OF THE FINANCE ACT 1910
That this House notes with approval the centenary of the Finance Act 1910 which first enabled the transfer of property of cultural importance to the nation in lieu of death duties; ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses