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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on cultural heritage including ancient monuments and historic buildings. 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.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    25.10.2016Commons Library Analysis of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] (Bill 66 of 2016-17)
    This Briefing Paper has been prepared for the second reading debate of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] 2016-17 on 31 October 2016. The Bill would enable the UK to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and accede to its two Protocols.
    20.05.2015Maintaining and funding war memorials
    There are estimated to be over 100,000 war memorials in the UK. This note collates some useful resources for individuals seeking information on funding, maintenance and other war memorial related questions.
    10.12.2014VAT and Churches
    This note examines how construction work for churches is treated for VAT in the UK, proposals for reform in this area, and the changes made in Budget 2012, removing the zero rate of VAT which had applied to alteration work on listed buildings. It also gives details of the current grant scheme for church repairs.
    13.12.2012The Parthenon sculptures
    The Parthenon Sculptures.
    02.07.2012VAT on historic building repairs
    This note sets out the VAT treatment of construction work and the UK's discretion in setting VAT rates with respect to European VAT law, before discussing the debate there has been on cutting VAT on historic building repair and recent proposals to withdraw the zero rate that applies to alteration work on listed buildings.
    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.
    12.03.1998The Millennium Dome
    The Millennium Dome. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/32

    Lords Library Notes

    27.05.2016Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
    This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords' consideration of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL].
    11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
    Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.
    15.10.2012Debate on 18 October: Scott Expedition to Antarctica and Scientific Legacy
    This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 18 October: 'the centenary of the Scott Expedition to Antarctica and of the United Kingdom's enduring scientific legacy and ongoing presence there'.

    Select Committee Reports

    06.06.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
    Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
    22.03.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
    Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
    14.12.2009Promoting participation with the historic environment.
    Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
    01.12.2009The proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Culture and other fields) Order 2009....
    Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
    27.04.2009Maintaining the occupied royal palaces.
    Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House is pleased to note the decision by Network Rail to support a bid to win World Heritage Site status for the Forth Bridge; recognises that the inclusion of the Forth Bridge ...
    That this House notes with grave concern the decision of the High Court on 19 December 2011 to allow the contents of the UNESCO-listed Wedgwood Museum to be sold to service a pension ...
    That this House expresses sadness at the death of Scottish comedy star Steve Robertson MBE; believes that he will be remembered with great affection as one-third of the Scotland The ...
    21.11.2011ILKLA MOOR BAHT 'AT
    That this House welcomes the campaign of Otley Brass Band to save the Yorkshire anthem, the Ilkla Moor Baht 'at, by teaching the song to youngsters throughout the county; notes the ...
    That this House congratulates Chivas Brothers on winning Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge Awards; notes that the company also collected gold medals for three ...


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    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses