Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill: Commons stages

23 February 2017

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the text of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill. The Bill received Royal Assent on 22 February 2017 becoming an Act of Parliament (law).

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

Summary of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 September 2016. This is known as the First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

The Bill relates to the UK's ratification and implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and is one of the series of international treaties on the law of war created in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The Convention reflects a view that all cultural property is part of ‘the cultural heritage of all mankind’, and so must be protected.

The Convention and its two Protocols provide a system for protecting important cultural property in peacetime and during armed conflict (though with a waiver for ‘imperative military necessity’), and a requirement to establish domestic criminal jurisdiction over cultural property offences.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill: Commons stages

Commons remaining stages (Report stage and Third Reading)

Both the Report stage and Third Reading of the Bill took place on Monday 20 February.

The Bill passed its Third Reading without amendment.

Committee stage

The Public Bill Committee considered the Bill on 15 November 2016. The Public Bill Committee then reported the Bill to the House with amendments.
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Second Reading

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, opened the debate.

Shadow Minister for Arts and Heritage, Kevin Brennan, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading without a division.

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