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World Heritage Sites

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to submit progress reports to the World Heritage Committee for examination at its 2009 session on the world heritage sites of (a) the Palace of Westminster, (b) the Tower of London and (c) the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City; and for what reasons they were not submitted in accordance with the originally planned timetable. (257798)

The State of Conservation report for Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site was submitted to UNESCO on 9 February 2009; the report for the Tower of London World Heritage Site was submitted on 18 February 2009. The report for the Palace of Westminster World Heritage Site will be submitted by 28 February 2009.

UNESCO requests that State of Conservation reports are submitted by 1 February. However, in consultation with UNESCO we have negotiated an extension to the deadline to ensure that stakeholders can be properly consulted.