By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2009
A new law has been approved to allow art looted by the Nazis and found in British museums to be returned to the heirs of the original owners.
Labour’s Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon, sponsored the Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Act, which has been approved by the House of Lords.
It will now be given royal assent before becoming law.
Before the law was passed, the spoliation panel would recommend pieces to be returned to their owners, but museums had no legal powers to carry out the recommendations.