Places of Worship: Protective Security Funding - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:18 pm on 7th May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat 7:18 pm, 7th May 2019

My Lords, can I come back to the point that my noble friend Lady Hamwee made regarding the bureaucratic nature of the application process? If you are local, whether somewhere is hidden or not you will know about it. Whether it is in a conservation area is irrelevant; it is that particular conservation area, for example, which will determine what will need to be put up and whether it will be granted by the planning authorities. It is not national. I therefore ask the Minister in a spirit of friendliness to go away and look at this, because it is bureaucratic. Can she look at making it a little more light touch, and work out which questions are needed centrally and which are local?