§ Mr. Rooker
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what date his Department was asked for scheduled monument consent for remedial works to the medieval packhorse bridge known as Old Perry bridge, Aldridge road, Birmingham; what factors are being considered; and when a decision will be announced.
§ Mr. Moynihan
An application for schedule monument consent was received from Birmingham city council on 10 December 1987 and referred to English Heritage for advice on 23 December. Following a site visit in January, I understand that English Heritage asked for further details of the proposed works and the methods to be employed; it will be in touch with the council shortly to discuss them. As soon as these matters are resolved, my officials will ensure that formal consent is granted as quickly as possible.