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Bill-035 - Paul Davies AM - War Memorials (Protection and Maintenance) (Wales) Bill

Pre-ballot Information

A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.

Policy Objectives of the Proposed Order

1. Local authorities will be placed under a duty to ensure maintenance of war memorials. This would involve ensuring each memorial had a custodian who was aware of their responsibilities towards the memorial.

2. War memorials are an essential part of the heritage of Wales and Britain. Remembering the sacrifice of Welsh soldiers is important for all generations.

3. Because most of Wales' war memorials were built through local fund-raising, there is no central body specifically responsible for their maintenance. Some are owned by local authorities, churches and schools, while the ownership of others is uncertain.

Support received

4. Parts of the proposed Bill have been suggested by the War Memorial Trust.

5. Their objectives include monitoring the condition of war memorials and encouraging protection and conservation and to work with relevant organisations to encourage them to accept responsibility for war memorials and recognise the need to undertake repair and conservation work.

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