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PARTHENON SCULPTURES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 295: tabled on 14 July 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 19 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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

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Motion text

That this House is aware that many of the Parthenon sculptures, controversially removed from Athens by Lord Elgin between 1801 and 1812 during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, were then purchased from him by the Government following a decision in Parliament in 1816, and remain on display in the British Museum, to which they were transferred by Act of Parliament also in 1816; notes that, when presented with the facts, the UK public favours the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures in Athens with those now displayed in the purpose-built Acropolis Museum in the shadow of the Parthenon; and calls on the Government, working with the Trustees of the British Museum, to engage in a gracious act to reunite these Parthenon sculptures with those in Athens and with the people of Greece on the 200th anniversary of the purchase from Lord Elgin.

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In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

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After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

PARTHENON SCULPTURES (Amendment 1)
after 'Parthenon;', insert 'regrets the Coalition Government's rejection of an offer from Unesco to mediate with the Greek authorities;'
Scottish National Party, Rutherglen and Hamilton West
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EDM 295A1: tabled on 15 July 2015