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Hms Breda (Wreck)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what arrangements have been made to remove the wreck of the yacht H.M.S. Breda which was in collision during the war outside Campbeltown, and was beached on the south shore of Campbeltown Loch.

So far as I am aware, none, Sir. The wreck lies in waters under the jurisdiction of the Campbeltown Corporation. It is not a danger to navigation, and the expenditure of public funds on its removal would not be justified.

Is the Minister aware that the collision took place as a result of naval operations and that the wreck is lying there? Have not the Navy got some responsibility to remove it?

There is a well established practice under which both private individuals and the Crown can abandon wrecks, and I understand that the normal practice has been followed in this case.