HC Deb 06 March 1962 vol 655 cc187-8
15. Mr. K. Lewis

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many houses and buildings have been included in his list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in the County of Rutland.

Mr. Rippon

Five hundred and twenty-one.

Mr. Lewis

Is not this a very good score for my little and ancient county, and will my hon. Friend call the attention of his right hon. Friend to it and make sure that he has as high regard for the independence of the County of Rutland as he has for the preservation of its ancient buildings? What puzzles us, however, is that there are so many houses in the County of Rutland which are more ancient than some of those which are scheduled, and one wonders why some of the older houses have not been scheduled as well.

Mr. Rippon

To the 521 one can add 401 which are on the supplementary list of buildings which may be old but are still of considerable historic and architectural interest. On the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, I am sure that my right hon. Friend will not regard Rutland as simply a conurbation of ancient and historic buildings.