§ Mr. Heseltine
An amendment of the kind proposed would be, in practice, extremely difficult to devise. However the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 provides for fines and imprisonment, on conviction, if a listed building is demolished without consent. Compulsory purchase orders to secure the proper preservation of a listed bulding may contain a direction for minimum compensation if the building has been deliberately neglected. I would, nevertheless, consider legislation if I became convinced of growing abuse.