HC Deb 30 July 1946 vol 426 cc154-5W
Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning when he hopes to begin publication of the lists of buildings of architectural and historic interest compiled under Sections 42 and 43 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1944.

Mr. Silkin

I have recently received from the expert committee under the chairmanship of Sir Eric Maclagan a report on the principles which should govern the compilation of these lists. The committee recommend that in addition to the statutory lists, a supplementary list should be compiled consisting of minor buildings of positive value. A notice would be served only on the owners and occupiers of buildings included in the statutory lists, but the supplementary list also would be brought to the notice of local authorities and both lists would be published. I propose to accept these recommendations. The next step is for the local investigators, whom I have appointed in most parts of the country, to put the recommended principles into application, and I hope before long to submit some of their drafts to the expert committee for detailed examination. As soon as this is complete and the committee and I are satisfied that we are on the right lines, the production of the official lists will begin.