HC Deb 09 November 1970 vol 806 cc12-3W
Mr. Mudd

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) in which office of the Receiver of Wrecks is the ship's bell, reputedly that of H.M.S. "Eagle", and recovered by members of the Naval Air Command Sub-Aqua Club at latitude 49 degrees 53′ 58″ north, longitude 06 degrees 27′ 15″ west, on 9th June, 1970, now deposited;

(2) whether the recovery of a bell, reputedly that of H.M.S. "Eagle", has been officially reported to the Receiver of Wrecks in either the Isles of Scilly or Penzance.

Mr. Anthony Grant

Recovery of the remains of a bell has been reported to the Receiver of Wrecks, Isles of Scilly. The bell has not been delivered to the Receiver but is receiving conservation treatment. Inquiries are being made in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence to establish the true ownership of the bell. As these may take some time I am considering whether the Receiver of Wrecks should be instructed to request that the bell be placed in his legal custody so that it may be dealt with in all respects in accordance with the provisions of Part IX of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894.