In letters dated 21 March 2007 and 25 June 2007, the Minister for Education, Culture and Science (hereafter referred to as ‘the Minister’) asked the Restitutions Committee to issue a recommendation regarding a decision to be taken on the applications for restitution submitted by A.H.M. of A., L.J.J.-R. of H. and A.v.d.S. of L., F. respectively.
These three applications concern the following objects: 
NK 182: earthenware dish;
NK 194 A-F: six plates;
NK 208 A-B: two coffee pots;
NK 230 A-E: set of decorative vases;
NK 339 A-F: six plates;
NK 417: ‘Prince’s plate’;
NK 418: plate;
NK 421 A-B: cup and saucer;
NK 422 A-D: four plates;
NK 449: plate;
NK 453: slide.
The applicants claim that these objects belonged to the former trading stock of art dealership L. Rubens in The Hague (hereafter referred to as ‘art dealership Rubens’). Since their return to the Netherlands after the Second World War, the claimed objects have been part of the Netherlands Art Property Collection (hereafter referred to as ‘NK collection’) under the abovementioned inventory numbers and are currently housed in various museums in the Netherlands or in the depot of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage in Rijswijk (hereafter referred to as ‘ICN’).
 NK-422 A-D are only named in the claim letter sent by A.H.M.. However, the Committee informed the other two applicants in writing on 19 July 2007 that they assumed that their claims also concern these objects.