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BRITISH MUSEUM FUNDING

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1459A2: tabled on 01 July 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 2 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Richard Allan on 18 June 2002. This is amendment number 2.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

after 'decades', insert 'and introduce enabling legislation to permit the return of the Parthenon Sculpture to Greece from the British Museum.'.

Original motion text

That this House acknowledges that the British Museum is one of Britain's finest architectural landmarks and visitor attractions, housing a vast collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures since its foundation nearly 250 years ago; expresses its grave concern that it is currently experiencing financial difficulties with deficits now amounting to ú5 million and as a result might have to close some of its galleries for the first time since its foundation; recognises that central grants have fallen by 30 per cent. in real terms during the past decade; and calls on the Government to substantially increase investment in the British Museum, bearing in mind the cost of its maintenance of free admission over the past two decades, so that it can remain a centrepiece of the museum world.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.