Listed Buildings

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 21st March 2005.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30 pm, 21st March 2005

Following up the question from my hon. Friend Peter Bottomley, may I say what a pleasure it is to be asking the Secretary of State a question on what might be the last occasion that she answers from the Dispatch Box? However, will she confirm that more than 1,000 grade I and grade II* listed buildings are currently on the at-risk register, and one in six of those are owned by the Government or by local authorities? How will those be helped by the £14 million cut in the budget of English Heritage announced recently by her Department, coming on top of the £19 million cut in the previous spending review? Is it any wonder that English Heritage has said that her Department has no regard for the heritage's contribution to people's quality of life or to the economy? Will she now match our pledge to guarantee the future of the heritage lottery fund, and to boost it by an extra £100 million a year?