House of Commons
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PARTHENON MARBLES AND THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
EDM #336
Tabled 31 October 2001
2001-02 Session
There has been an amendment to this EDM.
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.

Signatures (110)

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.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Banks, Tony
Labour
31 October 2001
Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
09 January 2002
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Bennett, Andrew
Labour
03 December 2001
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
16 November 2001
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
28 November 2001
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
06 November 2001
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
06 November 2001
Burnham, Andy
Labour
18 December 2001
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
03 December 2001
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
28 November 2001
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
06 November 2001
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
28 November 2001
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
15 November 2001
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
29 November 2001
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
13 February 2002
Cohen, Harry
Labour
26 November 2001
Connarty, Michael
Labour
06 November 2001
Cook, Frank
Labour
05 November 2001
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
15 November 2001
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
13 November 2001
Cox, Tom
Labour
31 October 2001
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
31 October 2001
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
17 January 2002
Davey, Valerie
Labour
15 November 2001
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
11 December 2001
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
21 November 2001
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
01 November 2001
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
13 December 2001
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
12 December 2001
Etherington, Bill
Labour
31 October 2001
Ewing, Annabelle
Scottish National Party
29 November 2001
Fisher, Mark
Labour
28 November 2001
Flynn, Paul
Labour
31 October 2001
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
01 February 2002
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
28 November 2001
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
28 November 2001
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
12 November 2001
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
27 November 2001
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
27 November 2001
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
30 November 2001
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
07 November 2001
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
09 January 2002
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
05 November 2001
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
31 October 2001
Hughes, Mr Kevin
Labour
09 January 2002
Jones, Mr Jon Owen
Labour
10 December 2001
Jones, Lynne
Labour
01 November 2001
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
07 November 2001
Keen, Alan
Labour
11 December 2001
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
28 November 2001
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
06 November 2001
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Labour
31 October 2001
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
21 January 2002
Lepper, David
Labour
01 November 2001
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
09 January 2002
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
09 January 2002
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
01 November 2001
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
28 November 2001
Mahon, Alice
Labour
01 November 2001
Mann, John
Labour
05 November 2001
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
11 December 2001
McDonnell, John
Labour
08 November 2001
McKechin, Ann
Labour
05 December 2001
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
13 November 2001
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
31 October 2001
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
08 November 2001
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
14 January 2002
Munn, Meg
Labour
19 December 2001
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
30 November 2001
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
01 November 2001
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
24 January 2002
Organ, Diana
Labour
05 December 2001
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
01 November 2001
Perham, Linda
Labour
02 November 2001
Pound, Stephen
Labour
28 November 2001
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
31 October 2001
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
01 November 2001
Rapson, Syd
Labour
07 November 2001
Sawford, Phil
Labour
08 January 2002
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
04 December 2001
Simpson, Alan
Labour
15 November 2001
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
09 January 2002
Stewart, Mr David
Labour
28 November 2001
Stinchcombe, Mr Paul
Labour
28 November 2001
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
28 November 2001
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
29 January 2002
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
28 November 2001
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
31 October 2001
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
31 October 2001
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
01 November 2001
Watson, Mr Tom
Labour
03 December 2001
White, Brian
Labour
25 February 2002
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
10 December 2001
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
07 November 2001
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
08 November 2001
Wood, Mike
Labour
12 December 2001
Worthington, Tony
Labour
08 January 2002
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
06 November 2001
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion

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336A1
Alan Howarth
"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.'."
Tabled 13 December 2001
Withdrawn
1 Signature