§ 104. Mr. Dugdale
asked the Minister of Works why he has reduced the sum allocated to the Council for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings; and whether he will reconsider his decision.
§ Mr. H. Nicholls
The provision in the Ministry's Estimates for expenditure on historic buildings must not be confused with recommendations of the Historic Buildings Council.
The provision in the Estimates for expenditure in the current year is £550,000 as compared with £465,000 for the previous year.
The recommendations of the Historic Buildings Council for England in recent years were increasing rapidly. As this carried the risk of future expenditure rising above an acceptable level, my right hon. Friend asked the Historic Buildings Council for England to restrict recommendations to £400,000 for 1959–60 and the current year.