Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites

Culture Media and Sport written statement – made on 24th March 2011.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 26 July 2010 our intention to make a number of changes to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s arm’s length bodies. These changes included the abolition of the Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites (ACHWS), which was set up to advise Government on the designation and licensing of historic wrecks under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. The ACHWS held its final meeting today, and will cease to exist as of 24 March 2011.

The ACHWS has served a valuable purpose over the years, but we believe that advice on the operation of the 1973 Act can be provided in a more streamlined way. In future such advice will be provided by English Heritage in relation to heritage assets located in UK territorial waters adjacent to England. As the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment, English Heritage already provides advice on the protection and conservation of terrestrial heritage assets in England and we believe it makes sense to bring procedures on land and at sea into line. The devolved Administrations will in future source their own advice for Ministers on the operation of the 1973 Act in their respective areas of UK territorial waters.

The Government remain fully committed to ensuring the continued conservation and management of underwater heritage assets in the UK’s territorial waters. We are confident that the new arrangements will ensure the continuation of appropriate advice to Ministers while allowing flexibility to meet the particular needs and circumstances of each country.

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Paul Barnett
Posted on 25 Mar 2011 10:57 am (Report this annotation)

The Right Honourable Member of Parliament John Penrose,
Following the announcement that "The Government remain fully committed to ensuring the continued conservation and management of underwater heritage assets in the UK's territorial waters." May I respectfully enquire what provision is to be made within this decision, for the effective protection of the many hundreds of maritime hulks which currently reside within the inter tidal zone of the British foreshore.

Yours sincerely
Paul Barnett
Chairman
Friends of Purton
www.friendsofpurton.org.uk

Paul Barnett
Posted on 16 Jun 2011 12:45 pm (Report this annotation)

In the absence of a formal response to my email of 25th March 2011 to the Right honourable John Penrose, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, I respectfully re-issue the question accordingly.

The Right Honourable Member of Parliament John Penrose,
Following the announcement that "The Government remain fully committed to ensuring the continued conservation and management of underwater heritage assets in the UK's territorial waters." May I respectfully enquire what provision is to be made within this decision, for the effective protection of the many hundreds of maritime hulks which currently reside within the inter tidal zone of the British foreshore.

Yours sincerely
Paul Barnett
Chairman
Friends of Purton
www.friendsofpurton.org.uk