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British Art Market And The Droit De Suite Directive

EDM number 349 in 1998-99, proposed by David Heathcoat-Amory on 23/02/1999.

That this House is alarmed at the severe damage that will be caused to the British art market if a droit de suite levy is imposed on the resale of most 20th century art by the proposed EU directive due to be decided at the Internal Market Council on 25th February; notes that according to the Government's estimate 5000 jobs will be lost as sales are transferred to non-EU countries where no such levy exists; further notes that living artists will obtain little or no benefit from the levy as sales of their work will be driven underground or moved to other countries; is dismayed that the EU German presidency is pressing ahead with the proposed directive by majority voting despite the certain damage that will be caused to Europe's premier art market; and calls on the Government to invoke the Luxembourg Compromise which enables member states to block EU proposals where important national interests are at stake, as the French Government successfully did in 1994 when the shipbuilding industry was threatened.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

David Heathcoat-Amory23/02/1999WellsConservativeProposed
Richard Shepherd23/02/1999Aldridge-BrownhillsConservativeSigned
Nicholas Soames23/02/1999Mid SussexConservativeSigned
Nick St Aubyn23/02/1999GuildfordConservativeSigned
Robert Maclennan23/02/1999Caithness, Sutherland & Easter RossLiberal DemocratSigned
Tam Dalyell23/02/1999LinlithgowLabourSigned
David Davis23/02/1999Haltemprice & HowdenConservativeSigned
James Gray23/02/1999North WiltshireConservativeSigned
Peter Ainsworth23/02/1999East SurreyConservativeSigned
Virginia Bottomley23/02/1999South West SurreyConservativeSigned
Shaun Woodward23/02/1999WitneyConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock24/02/1999Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Nicholas Winterton24/02/1999MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Christopher Gill24/02/1999LudlowConservativeSigned
Michael Colvin24/02/1999RomseyConservativeSigned
David Heath24/02/1999Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Loughton25/02/1999East Worthing & ShorehamConservativeSigned
Gordon Marsden25/02/1999Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
John McWilliam25/02/1999BlaydonLabourSigned
Michael Fabricant25/02/1999LichfieldConservativeSigned
Crispin Blunt25/02/1999ReigateConservativeSigned
Harry Barnes01/03/1999North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Marion Roe02/03/1999BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Vincent Cable02/03/1999TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ronnie Fearn02/03/1999SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Field02/03/1999BirkenheadLabourSigned
Desmond Swayne02/03/1999New Forest WestConservativeSigned
John Wilkinson02/03/1999Ruislip - NorthwoodConservativeSigned

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