Heritage Bill Dead?

The Queen’s Speech, setting out the Government’s legislative programme for the forthcoming year, has once again failed to include provisions to enact the much delayed Heritage Bill.

There was little prior expectation this time around of the Bill appearing however, with very few within the heritage profession still clinging to the suggestion that this ill-fated piece of legislation might ever see the light of day.

Queen's speechWith the November 2009 publication of a new policy statement on Scheduled Monuments by DCMS (which would be unnecessary if the Bill were to proceed), we realistically have to now conclude that the Government has abandoned this project entirely. Rescue looks forward to an official statement clarifying the position.


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