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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, how many of the sites considered for the UK Holocaust Memorial were first brought to the attention of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (a) before 7 September 2015, (b) between 7 September and 30 October 2015 inclusive and (c) after 30 October 2015.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Prior to publishing the site specification and criteria for the location on 7 September, the sites under consideration were those referred to in Britain’s Promise to Remember . Between 7 September and 30 October 2015, a search was conducted and almost 50 sites were identified none of which were deemed to meet the published criteria. In light of this, the Foundation suggested Victoria Tower Gardens as a potential location. Following investigations into the feasibility of this site, the Foundation recommended Victoria Tower Gardens to the Government in January 2016 as the best choice of site. The then Prime Minister accepted this recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen site on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

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