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Stonehenge: Conservation

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals English Heritage has made for future provision for the protection of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; and if he will make a statement. (185632)

The Stonehenge World Heritage Site is currently protected through existing designations and planning systems. Changes proposed by my Department in the Heritage White Paper in March 2007 will improve protection through inclusion of World Heritage Sites in the new unified register and through improvements to the planning system. English Heritage is currently facilitating a revision of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Plan being undertaken by all key stakeholders. This will review policies for the practical protection and management of the World Heritage Site and is due to be completed and sent to UNESCO by January 2009. My Department has also asked English Heritage to lead the project for environmental improvements (including new visitor facilities) at Stonehenge in time for the 2012 Olympics.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of his report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on the future of Stonehenge; and if he will make a statement. (185633)

I am placing a copy of the 2008 Reactive Monitoring Report for the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site in the Libraries of both Houses. The Report was sent to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on 30 January 2008.