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John McDonnell: May I suggest to my right hon. Friend that the meeting would be to outline the continuing concerns of a number of relatives about what happened to the Affray and about the subsequent investigation? It is not a formal request to reopen the board of inquiry, although it may involve a request that divers are facilitated with new, modern technology to investigate the sunken sub so that we can have complete clarity for the relatives about what happened. There is a precedent; in the case of HMS Sussex, where bullion is buried in the wreck, permission was given. If permission was given in the case of the Affray, it would obviously be with full consultation with all the relatives, bearing in mind the number of their relatives in the sub.

Mr. Ainsworth: The Sussex is not a designated site so it is not a precedent.

The motion having been made after Seven o’clock, and the debate having continued for half an hour, Mr. Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned at Thirteen minutes past Eight o'clock.

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