§ Mrs. Irene Adams
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what criteria are used to designate a listed building in each category.
§ Sir George Young
There are three categories of listed building in England and they are classified in three grades to show their relative importance as follows:
- Grade I —Buildings of exceptional interest.
- Grade II*—Particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
- Grade II —Buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them.
Principles of selection and grading are more fully explained in appendix 1 to my Department's circular 8/87 "Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas—Policy and Procedures".