Ancient Monuments (Scheduling)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland 12:00 am, 27th July 1964

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether the estimate of the Ancient Monuments Board for England in their last report, that it will take another 25 years to complete the scheduling of monuments worthy of preservation, remains valid.

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

At the current rate of progress it would take just under 23 years to complete the scheduling of the ancient monuments mentioned in the Board's recent report. We are now considering whether the staff should be strengthened as recommended by the Board.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

Surely the hon. Gentleman can do more than just consider it? Would it not be better to spend a little money and increase the staff now rather than have so many monuments destroyed that there will not be any work left in 15 or 20 years' time?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

We must keep this in perspective. There is no evidence that any monuments are being destroyed as a result. We have a good system of reporting when a monument is threatened. We have only had the Report of the Ancient Monuments Board for six weeks and we are urgently considering its proposals.