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World Heritage Sites: Greater London

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what response she has made to UNESCO's proposal to remove Westminster and the Tower of London from the list of world heritage sites; and if she will make a statement. (139258)

UNESCO has not proposed to remove either the Tower of London or Westminster from the list of World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage Committee has raised concerns about the potential impact of tall building developments in the environs of both sites. My Department invited a UNESCO/ICOMOS mission to London to discuss these concerns and we will respond to the World Heritage Committee on the findings of the mission in time for the Committee's 31st session in June.