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Railway Heritage Committee

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) role and (b) remit is of the Railway Heritage Committee; what projects it is conducting; and from what budgets the costs of each such project are met. (234908)

The Railway Heritage Committee exists to designate railway records and artefacts held by specified bodies within the rail industry which are historically significant and worthy of permanent preservation. It also agrees which institution should hold those records and artefacts when they are no longer needed by the business that owns them and the terms on which they should be offered for preservation.

The Committee meets at regular intervals to consider the case for designation of particular items but is not itself responsible for any preservation projects. Its costs are met by the Department for Transport. Its annual budget for 2008-09 is £120,000.