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Art Collection (Security)

May 2, 2006

Question written on 02/05/2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial losses have been suffered in each of the last five years from items having been stolen from the Government’s art collection.

Answered by David Lammy

Within the last five years, financial losses of 240,000 occurred in 2001 as a result of the theft of five works of art in the Government art collection. These were stolen from the British ambassador’s temporary residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina.