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HMS Queen Mary: Salvage

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 39145, tabled on 3 June 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government has been made aware of involvement of any British nationals in looting of HMS Queen Mary which was sunk in the Battle of Jutland.

Answered on

13 June 2016

The Ministry of Defence became aware of the possible illegal salvage of items from HMS Queen Mary in 2011. After due consideration, and following liaison with UK and international prosecution authorities, it was concluded by the Ministry of Defence Police that no further action could be taken. We are not aware of any British nationals being involved in this case or of any current illegal salvage on the Jutland wreck sites. Should such activity come to our attention the matter would be reported to the Ministry of Defence Police.