File photo dated 27/11/48 of the Elgin Marbles being handled by porters after being stored in an underground tunnel for safety during the Second World War. A reported call by US President Bill Clinton for Britain to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece was angrily rejected today ASAturday November 20 1999. Government officials insisted there was no question of giving up the 2,500-year-old sculptures displayed at the British Museum. And Sir Patrick Cormack, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Heritage Group, warned Mr Clinton to stay out of the diplomatic row that has rumbled on for decades. See PA story POLITICS Marbles. PA Photo.