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Use Of Historic Buildings (Bureau)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 14 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Works what action he is taking to find uses for important historic buildings which are without a use and in danger of demolition or decay.

On the recommendation of the Historic Buildings Council for England, I have adopted a suggestion made by Lord Methuen, in another place, and set up a Historic Buildings Bureau. This Bureau will assist a Committee of the Historic Buildings Council to find uses for these historic buildings. My hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland (Mr. Vane) is the Chairman of the Committee.The Bureau will keep the Committee informed of historic houses for which a new use is required and of persons who might occupy or purchase such houses. Anyone looking for accommodation of a kind which could be provided by a historic house should write to the Director of the Historic Buildings Bureau at Romney House, Marsham Street, S.W.1.