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British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2008-09

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr Andrew Dismore

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill as introduced | PDF version, 72KB 13.03.2009

Latest news on the British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2008-09

This Bill was on the Order Paper 16 October, to resume the adjourned Second Reading from 15 May, but there was not enough time for debate on that day.

This Bill was on the Order Paper for a Second Reading on several Fridays before being dropped by its sponsor, Mr Andrew Dismore.

 

 

Summary of the British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2008-09

At present the British Museum is prevented by statute from disposing of objects in its collections except in very limited circumstances. The Bill’s purpose is to amend the British Museum Act 1963 to enable the British Museum to transfer to another institution, for public exhibition, any object from its collections, in certain circumstances, where public access is guaranteed. Those circumstances are:

  • where the object would be more widely accessible to visitors than in the British Museum
  • where it would be more appropriately displayed in the recipient institution than in the British Museum by reason of its historic links
  • where the object came to form part of the collections of the British Museum in circumstances which make its retention in the collections undesirable or inappropriate.

The Bill confers a general power but its sponsor envisages only one situation in which it might realistically apply: to repatriate the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

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