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British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2009-10

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 37 09-10 (As Presented) | PDF version, 75KB 09.02.2010

Latest news on the British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2009-10

This Bill was presented to Parliament on 6 January 2010 This is known as First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage. 

The 2009-10 session of parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill 2009-10

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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