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Charles Darwin

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will allocate funds to Shrewsbury borough council to help it promote the town as Darwin's birthplace in the run up to the bicentenary of Darwin's birth in 2009. (74767)

This Department has no funds to allocate to Shrewsbury borough council to help promote the town as Darwin's birthplace or assist with events leading up to the bicentenary of Darwin's birth in 2009. However, Darwin at Downe, Charles Darwin's home and workplace, was this year nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List and will be considered by the World Heritage Committee in 2007.