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War Memorials

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of churches that have been damaged due to metal theft in the last full year for which figures are available.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of war memorials that have been damaged as a result of metal theft.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the War Memorials Trust about the protection of memorials from metal theft or damage.

Photo of Baroness Rawlings Baroness Rawlings Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government do not make assessments of precisely the type suggested, but we contribute to the wide-ranging plan of work being delivered by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Metal Theft Working Group to tackle metal theft. Discussions are under way across government on whether legislative changes are needed to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 to tackle metal theft.

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