Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2004-05

21 December 2004


New inquiry:

Maritime heritage and historic ships

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has agreed to establish a Sub-committee, under the chairmanship of Derek Wyatt MP, on the preservation of Britain’s historic vessels and maritime heritage. The Sub-committee will examine the strategy, administration and resources aimed at implementing the Government’s stated policy of preserving “the best of the … maritime heritage”.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by the end of January 2005.

Previous relevant work by the Committee has been:

- 21 April 1999, Fifth Special Report, HC 387, The Preservation of HMS Cavalier: Government Response to the Second Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1998-99

- 4 February 1999, Second Report, HC 196, The Preservation of HMS Cavalier

- 13 May 1998, Third Special Report, HC 727, Preservation of Historic Ships: The Case of HMS Cavalier: Government Response to the Third Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Session 1997-98

- 4 March 1998, Third Report, HC 561, Preservation of Historic Ships: The Case of HMS Cavalier

Other relevant public sector organisations are:

The Heritage Lottery Fund - www.hlf.org.uk

The National Maritime Museum - www.nmm.ac.uk

The National Historic Ships Committee - www.nhsc.org.uk

The members of the Sub-committee are Derek Wyatt (Chairman), Mr Chris Bryant and Mr Nick Hawkins. The Clerk is Mr Ian Cameron.