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Cultural Heritage: Climate Change

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will take steps to include measures required to accommodate the effects of climate change on heritage sites and the historic environment in future heritage protection legislation. (139825)

We do not envisage that any future heritage protection legislation to enact the reforms proposed in the White Paper, Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, will include specific measures on climate change. However our proposals for reform will enable more flexible management arrangements for historic assets and allow for a wider range of historic assets to be protected. Both of these measures could be used to accommodate measures to address the effects of climate change.

DCMS is also looking to initiate a project in consultation with its NDPB's, including English Heritage, which will record and summarise their current activities to mitigate and support adaptation to climate changes and produce an estimate of the Department's and NDPB's carbon footprint.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will issue guidance to relevant organisations to which her Department provides funding on matters concerning the impact of climate change on heritage sites and the historic environment. (140130)

DCMS is currently scoping a project to address potential climate change impacts on all our sectors, including heritage sites and the historic environment. The findings from the project will help to shape any recommendations to the organisations to which DCMS provides funding. English Heritage, the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, is developing a website tool to help the public understand the implications of climate change for older buildings in private ownership, and is planning a major conference on climate change early next year.