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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03237: Carlaw, Jackson (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes the (a) Cultural Gifts and (b) Acceptance in Lieu Scheme to help increase the number of cultural artefacts in the public domain.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 12 October 2016

Specific UK legislation governs the Cultural Gifts and the Acceptance in Lieu Schemes as tax is reserved and each scheme offers tax incentives. Under executive devolution arrangements the Scottish Ministers take decisions on acceptance and allocation of cases where there is a Scottish Interest. These schemes are administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and promoted by HM Treasury. The Scottish Government also promote the allocation of new and important works of art and heritage objects to Scotland, in partnership with relevant collections, through news release, when appropriate opportunities arise. Examples of permanent allocations made possible through these schemes include the following:

An exceptional eighteenth century French clock from Hamilton Palace which came forward under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. This was announced by National Museums Scotland on 6 July 2016.

A painting by Joan Eardley, Seated Boy, which was gifted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and is on display at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. This was announced by the Hunterian Museum on 17 June 2015.