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Theft: Architecture

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) incidents of and (b) convictions in relation to theft of architectural features there were in England in each year since 1997; (205084)

(2) what steps she is taking to tackle the theft of architectural features from historic buildings in England.

The Home Office is not specifically tackling the theft of architectural features from historic buildings in England.

Local police and other partners in crime prevention and reduction have a wide range of measures and powers available for their use in tackling whichever crime and disorder issues are a priority for them. We would expect them to respond appropriately to prevent and investigate offences of such theft, as they would to other crimes, taking into account available resources and other demands and priorities.

Data on the numbers of such thefts, and prosecutions or convictions for such thefts, are not identifiable from information held centrally.