The latest report from the Department of Culture Media and Sport shows that of 12,089 export licence applications for 51,606 works of art from May 2012 to April 2013, just 28 cases were referred to the Export Reviewing Committee by experts.
Three were withdrawn from
consideration, 19 (including one case from 2012-13) met at least
one of the Waverley Criteria but were withdrawn before being
referred to the Secretary of State for a potential export ban, and
three did not meet any of the Waverley Criteria.
Of the remainder, one was granted an
export licence after it was found not to have been in the country
for the past 50 years, and another three are still under
A total of 33,842 items worth a
combined £1.66bn were issued with export licences after being
referred to an expert, while a further 13,284 items valued at a
combined £8.85bn were issued with export licences after they were
found not have been in the country for the past 50
Another 4480 items, totalling £2.61bn
in value, were issued with an EU licence as they were deemed to be
below the value threshold for consideration, were owned by a museum
or gallery holding an Open Individual Export Licence or met other
criteria that qualified them for exclusion from
Of the 19 items that were deferred
from export, six were acquired by UK individuals or institutions.
Together they were valued at £11.2m.
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