HMS “Prince of Wales” and HMS “Repulse”

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to stop looting of the war graves of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in the South China Sea.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

It is obviously not possible to maintain permanent surveillance of the wrecks of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, which are lying in international waters off the coast of Malaysia. However, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to seek assistance from Malaysia in preventing unauthorised salvage and damage to these military maritime graves in so far as is possible.

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