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Historic Wrecks

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a table showing how many historic wrecks are protected by designation orders under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 (a) in total and (b) in each of the past 10 years.

Designation orders have been made under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 in respect of 34 wreck sites of historical importance. The numbers of orders made in each of the past 10 years is as follows:

Orders
19803
19812
19822

Orders

19831
19842
19851
19861
1987
19881
19892

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what sums he has made available to marine archaeological work in each of the past 10 years.

In 1986 the Department contracted the university of St. Andrews to provide a team to inspect both sites proposed for designation under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 because of their archaeological or historical importance and sites already so designated. Under this contract the Department has incurred expenditure as follows:

£
1986–8775,684
1987–8842,884
1988–8952,242
1989–9073,700