§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to preserve and restore Hadrian's wall.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Responsibility for Hadrian 's wall rests with a number of public and private owners. English Heritage acts on behalf of the Government to ensure that those sections of the wall which it owns are properly conserved. It has also provided grants for conservation work on those stretches of the wall owned by others, including the National Trust. The known parts of the wall are scheduled as ancient monuments so that the Secretary of State decides whether to grant consent on all work affecting the wall. In this he is advised by English Heritage.