HC Deb 16 December 1998 vol 322 cc515-6W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the organisations in Northern Ireland involved in reviewing world heritage site nominations as a result of the Government's recent consultation. [64398]

Mr. Paul Murphy

Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Environment and Heritage Service under its chief executive, Mr. Robert C. Martin. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Robert C. Martin to Mr. Cynog Dafis, dated 16 December 1998: As Chief Executive of the Environment and Heritage Service, I am responsible for operational aspects of protection of the built heritage on behalf of the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. I am responding to the Parliamentary Question which you put down on 17 December 1998 about the organisations involved in the review heritage site nominations. In Northern Ireland, Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), in liaison with the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), reviews world heritage site nominations on behalf of Government. Specifically, EHS has attended a specialist working group convened by English Heritage on behalf of DCMS to advise on the compiling of a new UK tentative list. The Service consults the Department's statutory advisory councils, the Historic Monuments Council, the Historic Buildings Council and the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside about proposed nominations. I trust you will find this helpful.