David Burrowes calls for UK ratification of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

4th June 2015
David Burrowes calls on the Government to speed up ratification of the Hague Convention which will strengthen the UK’s commitment to the protection of our cultural heritage.
 
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) (Con): In 2008, the Select Committee welcomed the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill and considered that the ratification of The Hague convention would strengthen our commitment to the protection of our cultural heritage. Seven years on, cultural heritage is being pillaged at an alarming rate and the EU directive is due to be implemented by the end of the year. When will the Government get on with it?
 
Mr Vaizey: I hope that we will get on with it very soon, to be frank. I spend my time making the case to ministerial colleagues for introducing that important legislation to allow us to ratify the convention at the earliest opportunity. The destruction in Iraq and Syria highlights the importance that we must place on safeguarding cultural artefacts from armed conflict.
 

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