Sir Edward Leigh Written Questions

Questions to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government tabled by Sir Edward Leigh


Date Title Questioner
7 Oct 2019, 4:14 p.m. Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names the external agencies providing services for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre for a) PR and engagement, b) public affairs and c) planning services; and how much is being paid from the public purse to each agency.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The organisations and amounts paid are set out below:

Organisation

Service

Spend to date from public purse including VAT

Big Ideas Community Interest Company

Community engagement

£69,296

Dp9

Planning services

£0

Four Communications

Communications

£70,748

Newgate Communications

Communications

£0

31 Jul 2019, 2:51 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 229625 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, how many of the 24 possible sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre reported by the CBRE to the board of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation on 11 January 2016 were not among the almost 50 possible sites identified between 7 September and 30 October 2015.

Answer (Luke Hall)

All 24 sites reported were amongst the almost 50 possible sites previously identified.

31 Jul 2019, 2:50 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 270267 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will list the elements in the search for potential sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre other than that conducted by the CBRE; and for what reason separate searches were undertaken for potential sites.

Answer (Luke Hall)

Other efforts to identify a suitable location included publishing the search criteria, consulting the Government Property Unit and engaging with a wide range of organisations such as the Royal Parks, Holocaust commemorative and educational organisations, property owners and developers, property agents, London Borough authorities, universities, museums and cultural centres. Separate searches were undertake to ensure a wide range of options were considered.

31 Jul 2019, 2:49 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 274442 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what the membership was of the property sub-committee of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation from November 2015 to January 2016.

Answer (Luke Hall)

The property sub-committee was a sub-set of the Foundation’s members, a full list of which can be viewed on its website.

31 Jul 2019, 2:48 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 270274 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will define the green space referred to in the calculation that around 85 per cent of the green space in Victoria Tower Gardens will be retained after the construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Luke Hall)

The green space refers to all soft landscaping, including grass, planting and trees.

31 Jul 2019, 2:48 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 270272 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what further studies commissioned by the Government are under way or planned to establish the extent of the tree roots which will be affected by the construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Luke Hall)

As the opportunity arises, for example as we carry out further geo-technical and archaeological bore holes and trial pits, we will assess the presence of tree roots to increase our understanding of their extent and depth.

22 Jul 2019, 11:20 a.m. Devolution: Lincolnshire Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans for devolution in Greater Lincolnshire.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government agreed a devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire in March 2016 but it was not subsequently agreed by two of the ten local councils. I met with leaders last year to discuss their ambitions for devolution and invited them to develop further proposals.

10 Jul 2019, 12:41 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263698, whether Big Ideas is contractually required to ensure the impartiality of its public engagement work on the proposed use of Victoria Tower Gardens for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Big Ideas Community Interest Company is contracted via a standard MHCLG grant funding agreement and have always acted in an open and transparent way when it comes to their public engagement work on the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens.

4 Jul 2019, 3:33 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263696, what proportion of the engagement meetings organised or participated in by Big Ideas under that organisation's contract for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been held (a) in the City of Westminster, (b) in Greater London other than the City of Westminster and (c) outside Greater London.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Big Ideas Community Interest Company have reached out to a range of community organisations across Westminster, Greater London and nationally. They have held meetings with those groups who expressed an interest in learning more about the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre either through direct engagement or hosting information in their newsletters. A list of direct engagements is below.

Emmanuel Centre - Mother and Toddler Group

Board of Deputies of British Jews Board Meeting

Brixton Library - Foyer Space

Emmanuel Centre - Homework Club

Emmanuel Evangelical Church - Sunday Service and Community Lunch

Grey Coat Hospital School - Y11 and Sixth Form Group

Grey Coat Hospital School - Year 9 Class

Holocaust Survivors' Centre

Kinder Lunch - Alyth Gardens Synagogue

National Holocaust Centre, Nottingham - AJR Members

Open Age Westminster (Churchill Hub) - Coffee Morning

Remembering and Rethinking - Kindertransport Conference - Lancaster House

Thamesbank Centre - ETAT Group (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking)

Thamesbank Centre - Mothers and Toddlers Group

The Abbey Centre - The Wash House Cafe

Together Plan - Memories of the Minsk Ghetto

United Synagogue - Annual Women's Dinner

Wiener Library - Heroes of the Holocaust

Wiener Library - Panel discussion

William Gibbs Community Centre - Coffee Morning

4 Jul 2019, 3:33 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263698, how many (a) schools, (b) mother and toddler groups, (c) housing associations and (d) Westminster community groups Big Ideas has (i) organised or participated in meetings with and (ii) engaged with in other ways on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Big Ideas Community Interest Company have reached out to a range of community organisations across Westminster, Greater London and nationally. They have held meetings with those groups who expressed an interest in learning more about the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre either through direct engagement or hosting information in their newsletters. A list of direct engagements is below.

Emmanuel Centre - Mother and Toddler Group

Board of Deputies of British Jews Board Meeting

Brixton Library - Foyer Space

Emmanuel Centre - Homework Club

Emmanuel Evangelical Church - Sunday Service and Community Lunch

Grey Coat Hospital School - Y11 and Sixth Form Group

Grey Coat Hospital School - Year 9 Class

Holocaust Survivors' Centre

Kinder Lunch - Alyth Gardens Synagogue

National Holocaust Centre, Nottingham - AJR Members

Open Age Westminster (Churchill Hub) - Coffee Morning

Remembering and Rethinking - Kindertransport Conference - Lancaster House

Thamesbank Centre - ETAT Group (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking)

Thamesbank Centre - Mothers and Toddlers Group

The Abbey Centre - The Wash House Cafe

Together Plan - Memories of the Minsk Ghetto

United Synagogue - Annual Women's Dinner

Wiener Library - Heroes of the Holocaust

Wiener Library - Panel discussion

William Gibbs Community Centre - Coffee Morning

4 Jul 2019, 3:33 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Questions 263696, how many (a) Jewish and (b) other faith groups Big Ideas has (i) organised or participated in meetings with and (ii) engaged with in other ways on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Big Ideas Community Interest Company have reached out to a range of community organisations across Westminster, Greater London and nationally. They have held meetings with those groups who expressed an interest in learning more about the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre either through direct engagement or hosting information in their newsletters. A list of direct engagements is below.

Emmanuel Centre - Mother and Toddler Group

Board of Deputies of British Jews Board Meeting

Brixton Library - Foyer Space

Emmanuel Centre - Homework Club

Emmanuel Evangelical Church - Sunday Service and Community Lunch

Grey Coat Hospital School - Y11 and Sixth Form Group

Grey Coat Hospital School - Year 9 Class

Holocaust Survivors' Centre

Kinder Lunch - Alyth Gardens Synagogue

National Holocaust Centre, Nottingham - AJR Members

Open Age Westminster (Churchill Hub) - Coffee Morning

Remembering and Rethinking - Kindertransport Conference - Lancaster House

Thamesbank Centre - ETAT Group (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking)

Thamesbank Centre - Mothers and Toddlers Group

The Abbey Centre - The Wash House Cafe

Together Plan - Memories of the Minsk Ghetto

United Synagogue - Annual Women's Dinner

Wiener Library - Heroes of the Holocaust

Wiener Library - Panel discussion

William Gibbs Community Centre - Coffee Morning

4 Jul 2019, 3:28 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263703, how many of the 24 possible sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre reported by the CBRE to the board of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation on 11 January 2016 had not been brought to the board’s attention before that date.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

None were formally submitted to the Foundation.

4 Jul 2019, 3:27 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 19 and 21 June 2019 to Questions 263702 and 263704, on whose authority representatives of the UKHMF engaged in discussions with Royal Parks and government departments on 2 December 2015 on the possible use of Victoria Tower Gardens for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and for what reasons those discussions were not reported to the board of the UKHMF.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Representatives of the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF) engaged with the Royal Parks on the authority of the chair of UKHMF and Ministers.

4 Jul 2019, 3:27 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the highest number of submissions was that Big Ideas submitted in a day to the Westminster Council website on the planning application for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

This information is available on Westminster City Council’s planning portal.

4 Jul 2019, 3:27 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the speaking notes and presentations used by Big Ideas in its public engagement work on the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The work of the Big Ideas Community Interest Company drew on material that is publicly available.

4 Jul 2019, 3:26 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263698, for what reasons the Government’s contract with Big Ideas on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre does not specify engagement with existing users of Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The work of the Big Ideas Community Interest Company aims to engage local people whether or not they use Victoria Tower Gardens.

4 Jul 2019, 3:26 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date public access to Victoria Tower Gardens leading up to the fins of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will be permitted; and if he will place in the Library a plan showing the division between areas where public access (a) will and (b) will not be permitted.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The aim is to open the Holocaust Memorial in late 2022. The public exhibition boards showing the area open to the public are available on the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation website at
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/761583/UK_Holocaust_Memorial_public_exhibition_boards_December_2018.pdf.

4 Jul 2019, 3:26 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy that no construction work will begin on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens until the Government can provide an assurance that none of the roots of the plane trees in that location will be compromised by that construction.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Measures have been undertaken to ensure the Memorial and Learning Centre will have minimal impact on tree roots. For example, as a result of ground-penetrating radar surveys carried out by arboricultural experts, the Memorial has been relocated further north than the original competition proposal to avoid tree root protection zones.

4 Jul 2019, 3:25 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what will be the proportion reduction in the lawn area of Victoria Tower Gardens as a result of the proposed construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Holocaust Memorial will require seven and a half percent of Victoria Tower Gardens. Around eighty five percent green space being retained, with improved drainage and planting. Existing paths will be replaced with water permeable ones to increase the health of vegetation, including trees.

4 Jul 2019, 3:25 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the possible (a) depth and (b) breadth of the roots of the mature trees in Victoria Tower Gardens which will potentially be affected by the construction of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

We have undertaken and continue to undertake extensive arboricultural surveys to establish the extent of root systems which vary along the length of the gardens. We have also commissioned an arboricultural expert to advise on measures to enhance tree health.

4 Jul 2019, 3:24 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263707, whether it is the Government’s policy that following the construction of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre that there will be no continuing call on public funds for that centre's maintenance and operation.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation are considering various operating models to cover the running costs as part of a sustainable long-term plan.

4 Jul 2019, 3:24 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June to Question 263706, for what reasons Victoria Tower Gardens was not included in the site selection process for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre conducted by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the CBRE between September 2015 and 11 January 2016.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

CBRE was only one element in the search for potential sites.

4 Jul 2019, 3:23 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government reduced the amount to be raised through the public fundraising campaign for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre from £52 million to at least £25 million.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The aim is to raise at least £25 million from charitable donations.

4 Jul 2019, 3:23 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that work on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre after planning permission has been secured will not begin until (a) pledges of funding from non-government sources of at least £25 million have been secured and (b) funding for ongoing maintenance and operation is in place.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

21 Jun 2019, 1:33 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings were held in Downing Street on 2 December 2015 relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre and involving members of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation; and who attended those meetings.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to the answer to Question UIN 122636 answered on 23 January 2018. The meeting included representatives from the Royal Parks, DCMS, MHCLG and UKHMF.

21 Jun 2019, 1:33 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation used to assess what was cost-prohibitive in respect of possible sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in January 2016.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Foundation considered the likely purchase cost of possible sites.

21 Jun 2019, 1:31 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date in January 2016 a list of 24 possible sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was communicated by the CBRE to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

CBRE submitted their report on 11 January 2016.

20 Jun 2019, 3:02 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date the UK Holocaust Foundation commissioned the CBRE to search for a suitable site for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

CBRE commenced work the week commencing 16 November 2015.

19 Jun 2019, 2:46 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what sources of funding the Government is considering for the ongoing maintenance of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in addition to entrance fees.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation will make recommendations to the Government in due course.

19 Jun 2019, 2:45 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which parts of the works associated with the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre were included in the calculation that seven per cent of Victoria Tower Gardens would be occupied by the proposed Memorial and Learning Centre; and if he will publish the evidential basis for that calculation.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The percentage was arrived at by taking the overall park area (18,848 square metres, excluding the Parliamentary Education Centre, stairs and existing toilet building) and dividing it by the above ground area occupied by the Holocaust Memorial (1,429 square metres, including fins, courtyard, security hedge, entrance). The figure is not seven percent but seven and a half percent.

19 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May to Question 256928, if he will publish a list of the meetings Big Ideas has participated in or organised as part of its public engagement work relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, indicating the target group in each such case.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Representatives from Big Ideas have visited several community groups in Westminster including mother and toddlers and senior citizens. More widely they have engaged with Holocaust Survivors, young people and faith communities.

19 Jun 2019, 2:44 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May to Question 256928 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will publish a list the groups referred to in that answer that Big Ideas is reaching in public engagement.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Representatives from Big Ideas have visited several community groups in Westminster including mother and toddlers and senior citizens. More widely they have engaged with Holocaust Survivors, young people and faith communities.

19 Jun 2019, 2:43 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May to Question 256928, if he will place in the Library the parts of the Government’s agreement with Big Ideas relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre which set out the work to be done by Big Ideas.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The funding agreement includes the following:

• Consult with local Westminster community groups, including housing associations, over 50’s, Mother and Toddler groups, schools, about the proposed Holocaust Memorial.

• Encourage people to write to Westminster City Council with their views.

• Produce short social media videos on the Holocaust Memorial

• Support UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the Department on publicity and campaigns around the time Time Capsule

• Create an engagement campaign

• Organise community engagement activity.

19 Jun 2019, 2:42 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May to Question 253497 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will publish a break down of the additional £25 million allocated to each of the purposes listed in that answer.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The VAT incurred on the overall project is around £18 million. The balance of the additional £25 million is for the courtyard security and landscaping.

19 Jun 2019, 2:41 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 229625, on what date the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation decided that none of the almost 50 possible sites identified for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre between 7 September and 30 October 2015 met the criteria.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

13 January 2016.

19 Jun 2019, 2:41 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date the board of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation first discussed the possible use of Victoria Tower Gardens for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

13 January 2016.

19 Jun 2019, 2:40 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 229625, whether the almost 50 possible sites identified for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre between 7 September and 30 October 2015 included the 24 sites referred to in the planning statement for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre as having been identified by the CBRE in January 2016; and what reason underlay the difference in numbers.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

CBRE identified 24 sites in January 2016, the balance of sites were identified by the Government Property Unit and other third parties.

29 May 2019, 10:57 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much is being paid from the public purse to Big Ideas for providing public relations and publicity services for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; which budget that funding is allocated from; and what the scope is of the services Big Ideas is so providing.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Big Ideas are supporting public engagement, drawing especially on their experience in reaching groups whose voice is often not heard by decision-makers. A budget of £118,000 has been allocated.

29 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what dates from (a) 26 October 2015 to (b) 13 January 2016 the Prime Minister had meetings with (i) the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and (ii) members of that Foundation; and which members attended each of those meetings.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Prime Minister had no meetings with the Holocaust Memorial Foundation in that period but did meet with members of the Holocaust Commission in January 2016 for a one year on progress report.

29 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106178 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, on what date in autumn 2015 the possibility of locating the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens was first raised officially with the Government by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Discussions with officials about possible sites took place during the autumn of 2015. The exact date when Victoria Tower Gardens was first discussed is not recorded.

29 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 248581 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason that Answer did not provide the dates on which the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation had discussions with representatives of the (a) Royal Parks, (b) Department of Culture, Media and Sport and (c) Westminster City Council.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

No central log exists of engagements with representatives of The Royal Parks, Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Westminster City Council.

29 May 2019, 10:53 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 229625 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, which of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s criteria of September 2015 for the location of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre the proposed location at the Imperial War Museum was deemed not to meet.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The UKHMF believed that the location close to Parliament of the Memorial and Learning Centre was an important statement about the importance of democracy as a protector against tyrants. Most of the important decisions relating to Britain’s reaction to the Holocaust were taken near the site. Consequently no other site came close to Victoria Tower Gardens in symbolism or significance. The Government agreed with the recommendation that Victoria Tower Gardens was the most fitting location.

29 May 2019, 10:45 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 16 October 2017 to Question 106178 and 14 March 2019 to Question 229625 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, whether Victoria Tower Gardens was identified by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation as one of the almost 50 sites as a possible location for the Holocaust Memorial between 7 September 2015 and 30 October 2015.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The answer to Question UIN 229625 makes clear that Victoria Tower Gardens was suggested as a possible site after 30 October 2015, once other sites had been dismissed as not meeting the criteria.

29 May 2019, 10:45 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 248582 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, in what form the Government received the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation's recommendation of 13 January 2016 that the Holocaust Memorial and the Holocaust Learning Centre should be located in Victoria Tower Gardens; and if he will place a copy of that recommendation in the Library.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The decision to recommend Victoria Tower Gardens was taken at a Holocaust Foundation Board meeting on 13 January . The Prime Minister accepted that recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen location on 27 January 2016. The minutes of the Board meetings are the property of the Foundation which is an independent advisory body.

21 May 2019, 10:57 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the area of Victoria Tower Gardens to be occupied by the structures and hard paving of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is in square metres under the (a) planning application submitted in December 2018 and (b) revised proposals of May 2019.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The area of Victoria Tower Gardens to be occupied by the structures and courtyard paving of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning centre in square metres was 1400 m2 in the planning application submitted in December 2018 (7.43 per cent of the park area) and 1429 m2 in the revised proposals of April 2019 (7.58 per cent of the park area).

21 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the Government has allocated an additional £25 million to the construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The additional £25 million will provide further funding for the revised entrance pavilion, the Memorial courtyard and surrounding landscaping, and to take account of VAT incurred on the overall project costs.

21 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the current estimated cost is for the construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what proportion of that cost will be covered by funds from the public purse.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The estimated total cost for building the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is £102 million (including VAT). Government has committed up to £75 million towards the overall costs subject to at least £25 million being secured from private sources.

21 May 2019, 10:56 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from private sources has been promised towards the construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; how many promises of funding exceeding £1 million have been made; and what conditions have been attached by the donors to those donations.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

A fund-raising campaign is being led by a newly established independent charity, led by Foundation member Gerald Ronson CBE, who has committed to securing pledges of at least £25 million.

8 May 2019, 3:20 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239870, on what dates the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation first spoke to representatives of the (a) Royal Parks, (b) Department of Culture, Media and Sport and (c) Westminster City Council about the possibility of the Holocaust Memorial being located in Victoria Tower Gardens; and whether in each case the conversation also covered the proposed Learning Centre.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Foundation engaged with representatives of The Royal Parks, Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Westminster City Council in the early stages of this project and continue to engage with them on a regular basis.

8 May 2019, 3:20 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239869 on the location of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Centre, for what reason that Answer did not indicate which of the criteria were met.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The answer of 10 April to Question UIN 239869 referred to an earlier answer to Question UIN 203298, answered on 21 December, which provided a clear explanation of the reasons for selecting Victoria Tower Gardens.

8 May 2019, 3:17 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is the Government’s policy that all the existing entrances to Victoria Tower Gardens will continue to be available to the public during the same hours as they are currently after the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been built.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Yes.

8 May 2019, 3:17 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239872, for what reason the Prime Minister’s announcement on 27 January 2016 on locating the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens did not refer to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s recommendation that the Memorial and the Learning Centre should be co-located.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Co-location was recommended by the Prime Minister’s Commission in January 2015 and reflected in the Foundation’s document on the search for a site published in September 2015. The Government press release on 27 January 2016, following the PM announcement, also noted that plans for the learning centre would be announced in the coming months.

8 May 2019, 3:16 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 239868 on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, for what reason the answer did not indicate whether the criteria for the site were altered.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The objective throughout has been to build a striking new national memorial co-located with a world class learning centre.

8 May 2019, 3:15 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 7 March 2019 to Question 229626 and 10 April 2019 to Question 239872, on what date in January 2016 the Government received from the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation its recommendation that the Holocaust Memorial and the Holocaust Learning Centre should be located in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

13 January 2016.

8 Mar 2019, 11:52 a.m. Richmond House Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the cost was of the construction of Richmond House.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The construction of Richmond House (79 Whitehall) for the Department of Health and Social Security in 1988-89 was undertaken by the Property Services Agency. My Department does not hold details of the costs incurred for these works.

7 Jan 2019, 8:20 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the implications were for the cost of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre project of the Government’s decision to locate that centre in Victoria Tower Gardens instead of on Millbank.

Answer (Jake Berry)

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to the answer to Question UIN 203298 on 21 December 2018.

21 Dec 2018, 2:38 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what role the Royal Parks will have in the selection of the design of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre to be put forward for planning permission.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Royal Parks has had no role in the selection of the design. The Royal Parks will be consulted as part of the independent planning process.

21 Dec 2018, 2:38 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of October 2017 to Question 106036, if he will place in the Library a list of (a) the almost 50 sites considered for the UK Holocaust Memorial and (b) the dates on which each of those sites was proposed to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Answer (Jake Berry)

To release the information requested could prejudice the commercial interests of the sites' owners.

21 Dec 2018, 2:37 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which body will have responsibility for maintaining the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre once that centre is built.

Answer (Jake Berry)

We propose to establish a new arm’s length body to construct the Memorial and Learning Centre and to prepare for its operation. Further consideration will be given to the long-term status of the operating body prior to opening.

21 Dec 2018, 2:37 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 6 November 2017 to Question 111730, on what date the Government announced that it had decided that the Holocaust Learning Centre would be co-located in Victoria Tower Gardens with the Holocaust Memorial; and what form that announcement took.

Answer (Jake Berry)

On 14 September 2016 a press release from the Department of Communities and Local Government and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation announced the start of an architectural design competition for the new Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens. The press release explained that design teams were invited to submit initial expressions of interest in the project, with shortlisted teams then submitting 2-part designs, the first fulfilling the minimum commitment of a striking new national memorial, and the second including the below-ground learning centre to be taken forward subject to technical, financial, planning or other constraints.

Following the successful conclusion of the design competition, a further press release on 24 October 2017 announced that Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and the landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman had been selected to design the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and a co-located Learning Centre.

21 Dec 2018, 2:36 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the minutes of UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation meetings; and for what reason those minutes have not been published to date.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The minutes are the property of the Foundation which is an independent advisory body.

21 Dec 2018, 2:36 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on the trees in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Jake Berry)

Arboricultural experts have been commissioned and their detailed advice has ensured that designs for the Memorial take full account of the valuable trees in Victoria Tower Gardens. Improved drainage and surface permeability, especially in the hard landscaping and paths, will create a healthier environment for the trees.

21 Dec 2018, 2:35 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 11 of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation consultation document, published in September 2015, what the fourth central London site was that had been subject to discussions.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s document published in September 2015 invited suggestions of sites suitable for the Memorial and Learning Centre. The discussions referred to on page 11 of that document were held in confidence and concerned a site that subsequently became unavailable.

21 Dec 2018, 2:34 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the property was in Millbank that was offered to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation as a site for the Holocaust Learning Centre in late 2016; and for what reasons the offer was not taken up.

Answer (Jake Berry)

Millbank Tower was considered as a possible site for the Memorial and Learning Centre. The proposal was tied to the development of the wider site: to date, there is no evidence of redevelopment coming forward and occupational office leases have now been extended to 2022. Victoria Tower Gardens was preferred by the UKHMF Board as the outstanding candidate site for the following reasons:

  • its relevance as a commemorative garden of Britain’s national conscience, already containing significant memorial sculptures, marking momentous historic events, with significance for the struggle for human rights, that remain relevant today and will do so in the future;
  • it provides an iconic location adjoining Parliament, sitting along the riverfront immediately next to the House of Lords;
  • it is visually prominent and adjacent to one of the most visited parts of London, within easy reach of a major tube station and many bus routes;
  • the resonance of being next to Parliament and on the timeless banks of the Thames is exceptional; and
  • under the shadow of Victoria Tower, the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre would question the impacts of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides on our own Parliament.
23 Jan 2018, 5:59 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library, a copy of the letter from Lord Feldman of October 2015 proposing that the Holocaust Memorial be located in Victoria Tower Gardens, and a copy of his Department’s response of November 2015.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

A copy of the letter of 26 October 2015 from Lord Andrew Feldman to the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, proposing that that the Holocaust Memorial be located in Victoria Tower Gardens has been placed in the Library of the House together with the Rt Hon John Whittingdale's reply.

23 Jan 2018, 5:59 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117268, on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what conclusions the Government drew on visitor numbers to the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre from its comparative assessment of visitor numbers to Holocaust memorials around the world; and if he will place a copy of that comparative assessment in the Library.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Assessments of the number of visitors to the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre are still being developed as part of the early stages of the design process. Full details will be published as part of the planning application.

23 Jan 2018, 5:59 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2017 to Question 106183, concerning the number of visitors to the proposed Holocaust Memorial, if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment commissioned from Barker Langham.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

Assessments of the number of visitors to the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre are still being developed as part of the early stages of the design process. Full details will be published as part of the planning application.

23 Jan 2018, 5:58 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 111729, on what dates Royal Parks expressed its support for locating in Victoria Tower Gardens (a) the Holocaust Memorial and (b) the Learning Centre; and if he will place in the Library copies of the communications from Royal Parks indicating that support.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Royal Parks first expressed their support for locating the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens at a meeting on 2 December 2015. The Parks’ support for the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens was repeated in letters dated 15 March 2017, 7 April 2017 and 15 September 2017. Concerns were raised in these letters about the proposed learning centre. These letters have now been placed in the Library of the House.

12 Dec 2017, 5:25 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 111707, what the reasons were for the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to envisage that the Memorial and Learning Centre would primarily attract people who already visit the area; and what comparative assessment his Department has made of visitors to holocaust memorials in other countries.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

In seeking a prominent location, it was a key objective of the Holocaust Commission for the Memorial and Learning Centre to benefit from existing high footfall in the surrounding area. This is an important part of its mission to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to raise awareness and understanding of its lessons for the future. The Government’s expectations on visitors to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been informed by a comparative assessment of visitor numbers to Holocaust memorials around the world.

12 Dec 2017, 5:24 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons no public announcement was made of his decision to co-locate the Holocaust Learning Centre with the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

In September 2016, the UK Government announced that designers and architects were being invited to enter an international design competition for a striking new national Memorial commemorating the Holocaust to be constructed in Victoria Tower Gardens.

The announcement made clear that competition entrants were also being invited to incorporate designs for a possible accompanying below-ground learning centre, which would be taken forward subject to technical, financial, planning or other constraints.

12 Dec 2017, 5:14 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to place a limit of £50 million on funding available from the public purse for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives. The Government’s commitment has not changed.

22 Nov 2017, 6:54 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the proportion of visitors to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre who will arrive (a) on foot or by public transport and (b) by coach or car.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation envisage that the Memorial and Learning Centre will primarily attract a subset of the millions of people already visiting the area. A significant proportion will therefore arrive on foot. Detailed pedestrian and traffic surveys are currently underway as part of the development of the design.

22 Nov 2017, 6:51 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, for what reasons that Answer did not provide the date of the Government's decision on the learning centre's location in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government took the decision to co-locate the learning centre with the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, subject to technical, financial, planning or other constraints, in September 2016, prior to announcing the start of the architectural design competition.

22 Nov 2017, 6:49 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, how many and which of the organisations consulted in 2015 proposed or supported locating the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

During the course of 2015, the organisations referred to in the answer to Question UIN 106180 assisted the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Fund (UKHMF) in identifying possible locations. This helped UKHMF to consider almost 50 sites, including Victoria Tower Gardens and the Imperial War Museum.

On the advice of UKHMF the Government decided that Victoria Tower Gardens was the most fitting of all the sites considered. This decision received wide-ranging support, including from The Royal Parks, which, as noted in the answer to Question UIN 106181, was first consulted in December 2015.

By placing the story of the Holocaust next to our Parliament, our country will make a powerful statement about our own democracy and its values, reminding us what can happen when hatred is left unchecked.

22 Nov 2017, 6:49 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government decided that the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre should not be located at the Imperial War Museum.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

During the course of 2015, the organisations referred to in the answer to Question UIN 106180 assisted the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Fund (UKHMF) in identifying possible locations. This helped UKHMF to consider almost 50 sites, including Victoria Tower Gardens and the Imperial War Museum.

On the advice of UKHMF the Government decided that Victoria Tower Gardens was the most fitting of all the sites considered. This decision received wide-ranging support, including from The Royal Parks, which, as noted in the answer to Question UIN 106181, was first consulted in December 2015.

By placing the story of the Holocaust next to our Parliament, our country will make a powerful statement about our own democracy and its values, reminding us what can happen when hatred is left unchecked.

22 Nov 2017, 6:35 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, whether the £50 million allocated from public funds is the full contribution from the public purse towards the capital and running costs of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

22 Nov 2017, 6:35 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the total cost to the public purse of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

30 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the planned Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens with Westminster City Council's statues and monuments policy; and when that policy was first brought to the attention of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The Foundation considered Westminster City Council's Statues and Monuments Policy as part of its search of almost 50 possible sites. The Government believes that the proposed Holocaust Memorial will be of national significance and an appropriate addition to Victoria Tower Gardens.

20 Oct 2017, 2:20 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions the Government had with Historic England on the proposal to build the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens (a) before the site was announced and (b) subsequently; on what dates those discussions were held; and what observations Historic England has made of that proposal.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Historic England was consulted in August and September 2016 (ahead of the launch of the design competition in September 2016). They have subsequently played a formal role providing detailed input to the design competition assessing the design proposals, presenting to the shortlisted design teams at a site briefing session in November 2016 and contributing to the meetings of the Competition Jury’s Supporting Panel in February and March 2017.

Historic England’s role in the Supporting Panel was to help the Jury identify those proposals which have effectively acknowledged the heritage significance and its policy context, and conversely those which do not appear to have done so or where significant doubts or uncertainties remain.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation also provided a briefing to the UNESCO Mission to Westminster in February 2017.

19 Oct 2017, 5:23 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the planned Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens with the Royal Parks' memorials policy.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Memorials to mark events or individuals of significant national/international importance have long been accommodated within The Royal Parks estate. The Royal Parks has acknowledged that Victoria Tower Gardens would be a fitting location for a memorial to victims of the Holocaust subject to design, planning and environmental requirements. It meets longstanding policy and there are already existing memorials in the park, including one to Emmeline Pankhurst and another marking the abolition of the slave trade.

19 Oct 2017, 5:20 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions the Government has had with Westminster City Council on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (a) before the site was announced and (b) subsequently; and on what dates those discussions were held.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Westminster City Council was first engaged in the early stages of this project, when the Holocaust Commission began exploring potential sites in 2014. In January 2016, Westminster City Council was first informed of the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens. DCLG subsequently met planners in July 2016 to seek advice on the design competition’s planning brief; met a number of councillors in September 2016 to inform them about the launch of the design competition; and met the Council’s planners in March 2017 to seek advice on potential planning issues for the proposed development.

19 Oct 2017, 5:18 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government obtained advice on the security implications for the Palace of Westminster before deciding to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

We are fully aware of the security implications associated with the environs of the Palace of Westminster and are in regular contact with representatives of Parliamentary Security, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the Metropolitan Police Service and other assets within the World Heritage site. By considering the security needs at the earliest stage of design we aim to integrate them into the design of the memorial and external landscaping as unobtrusively as possible. CPNI and our security consultants have advised us on the necessary considerations for security at the Memorial and are advising us on the physical and operational security measures required to mitigate the specific risks of a memorial and learning centre in the proposed location of Victoria Tower Gardens.

19 Oct 2017, 5:15 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government did not hold a public consultation on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens before making its decision.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The independent Holocaust Commission received 2500 responses to its public consultation. Following feedback from this consultation, the Commission recommended that the UK should have a new Memorial in a prominent central London location. Victoria Tower Gardens was identified through an extensive search, which considered a range of central London locations. The park is owned by the government and leased to Royal Parks. The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, a cross party Advisory Board’s view was that Victoria Tower Gardens met the aims of the Commission and recommended it to government. The government accepted this recommendation.

Of course, the local planning authority will undertake a formal period of public consultation prior to deciding a planning application (as is their obligation under Article 15 of the Development Management Procedure Order 2015). We will continue to consult residents throughout the process of design refinement.

19 Oct 2017, 5:14 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations the Government has received from the Royal Parks agency's (a) Board and (b) officials on the plan to site the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Discussions have taken place with The Royal Parks at Board level and official level. The Royal Parks were consulted on the site for the Memorial and Learning Centre, and they played a formal role in providing detailed input to the competition process assessing the design proposals. The Royal Parks have been – and remain – supportive of the decision to site the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, but have expressed concerns about the co-located Learning Centre. DCLG will continue to work closely with The Royal Parks to refine the winning design to ensure that we deliver both a fitting Memorial and Learning Centre and protect the park as a public amenity.

17 Oct 2017, 10:23 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the annual cost of maintenance and security for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens after construction; and which organisation will bear those costs.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The annual cost of maintenance and security will be determined by the full, detailed development of the Memorial and Learning Centre. The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF) has engaged experts to help model these costs, which will be refined as the project progresses further. These costs will be borne from the overall UKHMF budget, which will be comprised of a mix of Government funding and private contributions. With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort.

17 Oct 2017, 10:22 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates the Royal Parks agency was informed that Victoria Tower Gardens (a) was being considered and (b) had been chosen as a site for the Holocaust Memorial; and on what date the Royal Parks agency was informed that the Holocaust Learning Centre would also be located in those gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The Royal Parks was first consulted in December 2015 and they were advised of the decision to locate the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens in January 2016.The Royal Parks was subsequently consulted on locating the Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens in May 2016.


16 Oct 2017, 3:59 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government decided to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on none of the sites recommended in the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission report of January 2015; which organisations were consulted before the decision was made to use none of those sites; and what sites were considered after that decision was taken.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The Commission was clear that these were not the only sites and that the delivery body tasked with fulfilling the recommendations of the Holocaust Commission (DCLG with advice from the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation) should conduct an extensive search of all potential sites. In conducting its search for possible locations, through which almost 50 sites were considered, the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation consulted a wide range of organisations throughout 2015 and beyond, including the Royal Parks, Holocaust commemorative and educational organisations, property owners and developers, property agents, London Borough authorities, universities, museums and cultural centres.

16 Oct 2017, 3:57 p.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates the Government decided that the (a) Holocaust Memorial and (b) Holocaust Learning Centre would be located in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The decision to locate the new National Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens was made in January 2016 and announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions on Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2016.

The Government announced its intention to locate the Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, fulfilling the recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission for the Memorial and Learning Centre to be co-located. Prime Minister Theresa May announced at Prime Minister’s Questions on 14 September 2016 the launch of an international design competition which invited design teams from around the world to explore design concepts for a co-located Memorial and education centre in the Gardens. The design teams were asked to produce their designs in two parts. The first part fulfilling the minimum commitment of a National Memorial and the second part being the below ground Learning Centre component, which will be taken forward subject to technical, financial, planning or other constraints.

16 Oct 2017, 10:36 a.m. United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation was formed; what resources were used to create that foundation; and how much funding that foundation has received from the public purse to date.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation was set up in January 2015 as an independent, cross-party board to advise government in taking forward the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives. The board has no fiduciary responsibility and has received no public funding. Board members provide their considerable time and experience entirely pro bono. The Board is supported by a small secretariat team of Department for Communities and Local Government officials.

16 Oct 2017, 10:35 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date Victoria Tower Gardens was first considered by the Government as a possible site for the Holocaust Memorial; and by whom that proposal was made.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

During the course of 2015 the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation - as the cross-party body responsible for advising on the delivery of the Holocaust Commission recommendations - was tasked with conducting a full search of all possibilities to find the most iconic location for the Memorial and Learning Centre. Victoria Tower Gardens was one of almost 50 sites identified and considered and was first raised as a possible location by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation in the early autumn 2015.

16 Oct 2017, 10:31 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what cost estimates underlay the decision to allocate £50 million of public funds towards the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and whether funding is also to be raised from non-government sources.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million. This contribution will kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

16 Oct 2017, 10:31 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government made (a) prior to and (b) after making the decision to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens of the (i) number of visitors per year and (ii) volume of additional road traffic.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Before the decision to locate the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens was taken, the assessment was made that Parliament Square attracts several million visitors a year and that the Memorial would attract a subset of those visitors.

After the decision to locate the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, the conclusion of further work by Cultural Consultants, Barker Langham, was that the potential number of visitors to the Memorial is 1,000,000, based on levels of visiting Westminster. Of those, they estimate that 576,000 will visit the Learning Centre.

Detailed pedestrian and traffic surveys are currently underway as part of the preparations to develop the design. A significant consideration during the development of the design will be appropriately managing the flow of people to and from the Memorial.

16 Oct 2017, 10:30 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of locating the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens with maintaining the present level of security at the Palace of Westminster.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Victoria Tower Gardens is a secure, gated park, which closes at night. The building will require physical security measures associated with public buildings in Westminster. DCLG is working with a specialist security consultant and is in regular contact with the Metropolitan Police, and the appropriate Government and Parliamentary authorities.

16 Oct 2017, 10:29 a.m. National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of locating the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens with the requirements for space for works and parking at the south end of the Palace of Westminster during the Restoration and Renewal programme; and what guidance has been received from the authorities in both Houses of Parliament on that matter.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation is working closely with the Palace of Westminster to consider how the plans for the new National Memorial and the planned restoration could affect each other. Measures will be put in place to ensure neither project is compromised.