17 July 2006
Protecting and Preserving our Heritage
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will publish its Third Report, Protecting and Preserving our Heritage (HC 912) at 00.01 hrs on Thursday 20 July 2006.
There will be a press conference to launch the Report in Committee Room 20 in the Main Building at the House of Commons, 10.00am on Thursday 20 July.
Advance copies of the Report for witnesses to the inquiry and the media will be available from 12 noon on Wednesday 19 July under strict embargo from the Reception at No.7 Millbank, and in the Press Gallery.
The report will also be available via the parliamentary website from 3pm on the day of publication.
The inquiry’s terms of reference were announced by press notice on 15 November 2005:
“The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence on the following issues:
What the Department for Culture, Media and Sport should identify as priorities in the forthcoming Heritage White Paper;
The remit and effectiveness of DCMS, English Heritage and other relevant organisations in representing heritage interests inside and outside Government;
The balance between heritage and development needs in planning policy;
Access to heritage and the position of heritage as a cultural asset in the community;
Funding, with particular reference to the adequacy of the budget for English Heritage and for museums and galleries, the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on Lottery funding for heritage projects, and forthcoming decisions on the sharing of funds from Lottery sources between good causes;
What the roles and responsibilities should be for English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local authorities, museums and galleries, charitable and other non-Governmental organisations in maintaining the nation’s heritage; and
Whether there is an adequate supply of professionals with conservation skills; the priority placed by planning authorities on conservation; and means of making conservation expertise more accessible to planning officers, councillors and the general public.”
Luke Robinson, Media officer, 7 Millbank, SW1P 3JA
Tel: 07917 488549