The Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 4 July 2019. The Act repeals the sunset provision in the 2009 Act which gave powers to specified UK national museums to return Nazi looted works of art if recommended to do so by the UK Spoliation Advisory Panel for a period of ten years until 2019. The 2019 Act thereby extends the powers of restitution of national museums indefinitely.
2019 CHAPTER 20
An Act to prevent the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009 from expiring on 11 November 2019.
[4th July 2019]
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1. Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009: repeal of sunset provision
In section 4 of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009—
(a) in the heading, for “, commencement and sunset” substitute “and commencement”, and
(b) omit subsection (7) (which provides for the Act to expire after 10 years).
2 Extent, commencement and short title
(1) This Act extends to—
(a). England and Wales, and
(2). This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Act 2019.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2019/20/enacted, accessed 4 July 2019