Heritage Action Zones — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:36 pm on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Jack Brereton Jack Brereton Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent South 3:36 pm, 19th December 2018

I thank the Minister for his kind and helpful comments. He recognised how important heritage and heritage buildings are to our economy, as well as the wider value of investing in our heritage. I am pleased that he mentioned the White Paper and the support given by the Department for that agenda. I thank him for his suggestions, particularly those on Gladstone Pottery Museum and the help that could be given to its programme of improvements.

I thank Liam Byrne for his comments. I did not agree with everything, and I hope he will not mind if I correct him on one thing. Although the modern-day factory and museum are in my constituency, Wedgwood was born in the constituency of Ruth Smeeth in Burslem, which is one of the other five towns that make up the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent. He was not born in Longton, I am afraid.

I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Henley (John Howell) and for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) for their contributions, and particularly for sharing their knowledge of their constituencies and the importance of that heritage. Finally, I thank my hon. Friend David Morris, who mentioned the importance of converting properties.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered town centre heritage action zones.

Sitting suspended.