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Amendment 336A1 - PARTHENON MARBLES AND THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM;Amdt. line 1:

  • Session: 2001-02
  • Date tabled: 13.12.2001
  • Primary sponsor: Howarth, Alan
  • Sponsors:

    delete from 'Marbles' to end and add 'were legitimately acquired and brought to Britain by Lord Elgin, were subsequently acquired for the British Museum with resources voted by Parliament, were vested in the ownership of the Trustees of the British Museum by Act of Parliament, are one of the glories of the collection of the British Museum, which is a great international collection, open to all free of charge and visited by some six million people from across the world every year and by their presence in London, in the British Museum, attest the diffusion and influence across the world of classical Greek civilisation; understands the view held by many in modern Greece that these sculptures are emblematic of Greece, but does not believe that there is a unique issue of principle in the case of the Parthenon Marbles which would justify exceptional treatment; rejects the nationalistic view that a great work of art should only properly be kept in the country where it was originally created, and believes that the principle of an encyclopaedic museum, from which much good has come and continues to come, would be undermined by removal of the Marbles for political reasons; and therefore says to the Government and people of Greece, in a spirit of cordiality, that it would be wrong for Parliament to agree to the transfer of the Marbles to Athens.'.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Howarth, Alan Labour Party Newport East 13.12.2001

PARTHENON MARBLES AND THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

  • Session: 2001-02
  • Date tabled: 31.10.2001
  • Primary sponsor: O'Hara, Edward
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    That this House is aware that the Parthenon Marbles, most of which are included in the Elgin Marbles collection in the British Museum, are integral architectural features of the Parthenon, itself a UNESCO world heritage site; notes with interest that the Greek Government has commissioned a new Acropolis Museum at a cost of twenty nine million pounds to be situated at the foot of the Acropolis and including a glass gallery facing the Parthenon and specifically intended to house the Parthenon Marbles; understands that this gallery will remain empty as long as the Parthenon Marbles are not available for display in it; is concerned that this will bring great discredit to the British Government and the British Museum in the eyes of the estimated three million visitors per annum to the Acropolis Museum from around the world; recognises that this location is unique as the only one in which it will be possible to view the Parthenon and its sculptures together in one experience; and calls upon the Government immediately to enter into discussions with the Greek Government with the purpose of returning the Parthenon Marbles to Athens for display in their gallery in the Acropolis Museum when it is opened at the time of the Athens Olympics in 2004.

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Adams, Irene Labour Party Paisley North 05.02.2002
Allan, Richard Liberal Democrats Sheffield Hallam 31.10.2001
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 07.11.2001
Austin, John Labour Party Erith and Thamesmead 31.10.2001
Bailey, Adrian Labour Party West Bromwich West 29.11.2001
Banks, Tony Labour Party West Ham 31.10.2001
Barnes, Harry Labour Party North East Derbyshire 09.01.2002
Barrett, John Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 05.11.2001
Bennett, Andrew Labour Party Denton and Reddish 03.12.2001
Benton, Joe Labour Party Bootle 16.11.2001
Berry, Roger Labour Party Kingswood 28.11.2001
Best, Harold Labour Party Leeds North West 06.11.2001
Breed, Colin Liberal Democrats South East Cornwall 06.11.2001
Burnham, Andy Labour Party Leigh 18.12.2001
Cable, Vincent Liberal Democrats Twickenham 05.11.2001
Calton, Patsy Liberal Democrats Cheadle 03.12.2001
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 28.11.2001
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 06.11.2001
Chaytor, David Labour Party Bury North 28.11.2001
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 15.11.2001
CLARK, HELEN Labour Party Peterborough 29.11.2001
Clarke, Tony Labour Party Northampton South 13.02.2002
Cohen, Harry Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 26.11.2001
Connarty, Michael Labour Party Falkirk East 06.11.2001
Cook, Frank Labour Party Stockton North 05.11.2001
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.11.2001
Cotter, Brian Liberal Democrats Weston-super-Mare 13.11.2001
Cox, Tom Labour Party Tooting 31.10.2001
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 31.10.2001
Curtis-Thomas, Claire Labour Party Crosby 17.01.2002
Davey, Valerie Labour Party Bristol West 15.11.2001
Davis, Terry Labour Party Birmingham Hodge Hill 11.12.2001
Dean, Janet Labour Party Burton 21.11.2001
Dismore, Andrew Labour Party Hendon 01.11.2001
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 13.12.2001
Doughty, Sue Liberal Democrats Guildford 05.11.2001
Ennis, Jeff Labour Party Barnsley East and Mexborough 12.12.2001
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 31.10.2001
Ewing, Annabelle Scottish National Party Perth 29.11.2001
Fisher, Mark Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 28.11.2001
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 31.10.2001
Galloway, George Labour Party Glasgow Kelvin 01.02.2002
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 05.11.2001
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 28.11.2001
Gibson, Ian Labour Party Norwich North 28.11.2001
Gidley, Sandra Liberal Democrats Romsey 12.11.2001
Green, Matthew Liberal Democrats Ludlow 27.11.2001
Griffiths, Jane Labour Party Reading East 27.11.2001
Griffiths, Win Labour Party Bridgend 30.11.2001
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 05.11.2001
Harvey, Nick Liberal Democrats North Devon 07.11.2001
Heath, David Liberal Democrats Somerton and Frome 05.11.2001
Hermon, Lady Ulster Unionist Party North Down 09.01.2002
Holmes, Paul Liberal Democrats Chesterfield 05.11.2001
Hood, Jim Labour Party Clydesdale 31.10.2001
Hughes, Kevin Labour Party Doncaster North 09.01.2002
Jones, Jon Owen Labour Party Cardiff Central 10.12.2001
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 01.11.2001
Jones, Nigel Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 07.11.2001
Keen, Alan Labour Party Feltham and Heston 11.12.2001
Kilfoyle, Peter Labour Party Liverpool Walton 28.11.2001
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 06.11.2001
Lawrence, Jackie Labour Party Preseli Pembrokeshire 31.10.2001
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O'Hara, Edward [R] Labour Party Knowsley South 31.10.2001
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