HC Deb 26 January 1999 vol 324 cc169-70W
Mr. Winnick

To ask the Prime Minister if the Government will erect a memorial or name a building in a central part of London in memory of Stephen Lawrence. [67369]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 25 January 1999]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary met Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence on 24 June 1997 and told them that they would have our full support if they wished to establish some form of memorial to their son Stephen.

I understand that Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have decided that a charitable trust to award scholarships and bursaries to assist young people to study architecture is a fitting way to remember Stephen in a positive way. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was launched on 11 September 1998 and I was very pleased to send a message of support.

There is also a memorial stone at the bus stop in Eltham where Stephen was attacked.

However, if Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence want a further memorial we would, of course, consider the matter again and my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will discuss this with them when he next meets them.