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EDM number 250 in 2002-03, proposed by Edward O'Hara on 02/12/2002.

That this House applauds the Government's recent actions to protect the wreck of the American warship Bonhomme Richard and to return treasure illicitly taken from the wreck in Italian waters; welcomes recent improvements to the Treasure Act and its Code of Practice strengthening archaeological reporting of portable antiquities; notes the generally successful arrangement for archaeological investigations in public private partnerships for major infrastructure projects, including deposition of all finds in public museums; further notes the Government has ratified the Valetta Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage and has explicitly endorsed the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, both of which proscribe excavations carried out principally to recover precious metals and cultural objects for sale and dispersal; regrets therefore that the Ministry of Defence has signed a treasure-hunting contract with Odyssey Marine Inc. based on the sale of cultural materials from the warship, Sussex which sank off Gibraltar in 1694; doubts whether the project's principal purpose is recovery and disposal of UK cultural assets, conservation of the wreck, or archaeological research for public benefit; questions the technical feasibility of undertaking proper archaeological research at a depth of 2,500 feet; further notes significant domestic and international concern about precedents that this case may set; and asks the Government urgently to reconsider its decision not to sign the UNESCO Convention on the Underwater Cultural Heritage, and to work closely with national and international experts and governments to develop and adopt effective means of protecting and managing the underwater cultural heritage in the public interest.

This motion has been signed by a total of 63 MPs.

Edward O'Hara02/12/2002Knowsley SouthLabourProposed
Richard Allan02/12/2002Sheffield, HallamLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle03/12/2002ChorleyLabourSigned
Tim Loughton03/12/2002East Worthing & ShorehamConservativeSigned
Alan Simpson03/12/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Greg Pope04/12/2002HyndburnLabourSigned
Mike Hancock04/12/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley05/12/2002Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Michael Clapham05/12/2002Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Terry Davis05/12/2002Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Tam Dalyell09/12/2002LinlithgowLabourSigned
Rudi Vis09/12/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Harry Barnes09/12/2002North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore10/12/2002HendonLabourSigned
Bill Etherington10/12/2002Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Paul Flynn10/12/2002Newport WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer11/12/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Ian Davidson11/12/2002Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Harold Best12/12/2002Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Pete Wishart12/12/2002North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
Kevin McNamara16/12/2002Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
David Heathcoat-Amory19/12/2002WellsConservativeSigned
Brian Jenkins19/12/2002TamworthLabourSigned
Nigel Jones13/01/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Joyce Quin30/01/2003Gateshead East & Washington WestLabourSigned
Brian Cotter10/02/2003Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned
Albert Owen24/02/2003Ynys MLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell24/02/2003Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cunningham24/02/2003Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Ross Cranston24/02/2003Dudley NorthLabourSigned
Alan Keen24/02/2003Feltham & HestonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Adam Price25/02/2003Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Jenny Tonge25/02/2003Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Stinchcombe25/02/2003WellingboroughLabourSigned
Peter Ainsworth25/02/2003East SurreyConservativeSigned
Sue Doughty25/02/2003GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Patsy Calton25/02/2003CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Doug Naysmith25/02/2003Bristol North WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jon Owen Jones25/02/2003Cardiff CentralLabour Co-operativeSigned
Kelvin Hopkins25/02/2003Luton NorthLabourSigned
Valerie Davey25/02/2003Bristol WestLabourSigned
John Robertson26/02/2003Glasgow, AnnieslandLabourSigned
Phil Sawford26/02/2003KetteringLabourSigned
Barbara Follett26/02/2003StevenageLabourSigned
Roger Williams26/02/2003Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael27/02/2003Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Field27/02/2003BirkenheadLabourSigned
Jeff Ennis28/02/2003Barnsley East & MexboroughLabourSigned
Lynne Jones03/03/2003Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Howard Stoate03/03/2003DartfordLabourSigned
Alan Beith03/03/2003Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
David Amess03/03/2003Southend WestConservativeSigned
Angus Robertson03/03/2003MorayScottish National PartySigned
Bruce George04/03/2003Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Helen Clark05/03/2003PeterboroughLabourSigned
Martin O'Neill10/03/2003OchilLabourSigned
Louise Ellman12/03/2003Liverpool, RiversideLabour Co-operativeSigned
Richard Younger-Ross12/03/2003TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Marsden27/03/2003Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
John Battle03/04/2003Leeds WestLabourSigned
Simon Hughes14/04/2003North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Thomas06/05/2003CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Lembit 01/07/2003MontgomeryshireLiberal DemocratSigned

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