HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 c1355
8. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Minister of Works whether he will consider scheduling, under the provisions of the Acts relating to ancient monuments, the mark stone, known as the Weald Stone, in the High Street, Harrow Weald, in view of its unprotected position and historic significance to Harrow.

Mr. Key

The stone to which my hon. Friend refers appears to be a natural boulder, with no sign of human workmanship. It may, however, have been used as a boundary mark in medieval and later times. I feel that its protection by local effort would be more appropriate than scheduling under the Ancient Monuments Acts.

Mr. Skinnard

Does the scheduling under these Acts depend on the definition of monuments? Will my right hon. Friend ask his Department to have another look at this, as there are distinct signs of monumental workmanship?

Mr. Key

I should be prepared to consider any evidence with regard to monumental workmanship, but it is not my function to preserve natural objects.