HC Deb 15 June 1992 vol 209 c368W
16. Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what new initiatives he proposes to introduce to secure the preservation of sites of industrial heritage.

Mr. Key

I visited Burnley in my former capacity as a Minister in the Department of the Environment and was impressed by the work being done there to preserve its unique industrial heritage.

Preservation of the industrial heritage is best secured by bringing it fully within our established system for preserving heritage sites. We are supporting work on the extension of the National Archaeology Record up to 1945; we are funding the Association for Industrial Archaelogy's project to help build a better database; and we have agreed with English Heritage that industrial monuments should be given greater priority in its grant programmes.