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Cultural Heritage: World War II

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the preservation of pillboxes and other defences from the Second World War; and if he will make a statement. (250575)

Pillboxes and other Second World War defences form an important aspect of England's military history. English Heritage has undertaken a series of research projects to improve our understanding of them in the context of the many other sites that represent our defence heritage. Options for preservation include statutory designation, although it would not be appropriate to designate all of the many thousands of surviving pillboxes; careful selection is necessary. Alternatively, many of these structures have local significance and their recording on historic environment records is another way of improving understanding and protection.