Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill
We welcome the announcement about the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill in the Queen's speech
Historic England welcomes the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that legislation will be introduced through a Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill to enable the UK to accede to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and its two Protocols.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:
“The significance of protecting cultural property has been thrown into sharp focus by recent events involving the destruction of some of the world’s most precious and spectacular heritage. The UK Government’s firm commitment to ratifying the Hague Convention is something we have long advocated and very much welcome.
“We also welcome the Government’s commitment in the Culture White Paper to review the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and hope that this will result in ratification of the convention.”