Motion S5M-00057: Koh-i-Noor Stone

18 May 2016

That the Parliament notes reports that India will continue to seek the return of the Koh-i-Noor stone; understands that this diamond passed into British hands in the mid-19th century following the annexation of the Kingdom of Punjab by the East India Company; considers that, in principle, former colonial powers should return such artefacts to the country of origin; appreciates that there are other countries that feel that they have valid claims on the stone, and hopes that the UK Government can engage in dialogue with a view to resolving this situation.