HC Deb 02 April 1946 vol 421 cc1109-10
83. Mr. Keelinģ

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning how soon he expects to publish the first of the lists of buildings of architectural or historic interest to be protected under Clauses 42 and 43 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1944.

Mr. Silkin

An expert committee under the chairmanship of Sir Eric Maclagan is advising me on the principles which should govern the compilation of these lists, and I expect their report shortly. In the meantime, a number of local investigators have been appointed and are collecting material. I can assure my hon. Friend that my officers are well aware of the urgency of this matter.

Mr. Driberģ

Can my right hon. Friend say whether adequate consideration is being given to the greater and smaller masterpieces of the 18th and early 19th centuries?

Mr. Silkin

I can assure my hon. Friend that that is so.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Are the Committee in question in constant consultation with the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments?

Mr. Silkin

Yes, Sir, they are in very close touch.

Captain Crookshank

What does the Minister mean when he says that the committee is busy "collecting materials "? It seems rather sinister.

Mr. Silkin

I do not think that it is really sinister. Two investigations are going on. One is to provide the principles to be laid down, and side by side with that a number of investigators are looking at the actual buildings.