Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:
"We are delighted the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act has been passed.
The Act will allow the UK to comply with the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict (1954). We are working with the Government on plans for implementation of the Act.
The timing of this legislation is especially important given the recent appalling destruction of cultural property in Syria.
The Act is part of a new package of measures introduced by the Government, which includes the creation of the Cultural Protection Fund and the development of a Military Cultural Property Protection Unit within the armed forces.
These commitments send a strong message that the UK is determined to play a key part in protecting heritage worldwide."