This is because other European states are declining to adopt the British system of not taxing works of art entering their countries from outside the community. This would be of enormous benefit to the cultural interests of Europe with a minimal loss to their revenue.
Peter Brooke, the Secretary of State for National Heritage, at the opening of the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, said, 'if only the other 11 would wake up to the cultural heritage of all member states of the community'. He is of course right, otherwise, regrettably, this European taxation will discourage collectors, and, moreover, museums throughout the community will inevitably become the ultimate losers.
GEORGE J. LEVY
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