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MPs scrutinise Liverpool heritage
Liverpool's waterfront is part of a World Heritage Site
A delegation of MPs was visiting Liverpool on Monday as part of an inquiry into protecting and preserving the UK's heritage.

Members of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee were touring some of the city's historic areas and buildings.

The committee decided to hold a session outside London and picked Liverpool because it said the city council has shown heritage knowledge and expertise.

It was due to take evidence from several North West bodies.

The committee was touring buildings including Chambre Hardman's House in Rodney Street, the Ropewalks area, the World Heritage site and the Welsh streets.

'Rare meeting'

"It is comparatively rare that parliamentary committees meet outside Westminster, so the fact that is taking place here is recognition that Liverpool has something to offer on issues relating to heritage," said Councillor Berni Turner, the council's environment and heritage executive member.

Committee members were taking evidence from Liverpool and Manchester City Councils, Liverpool Vision, Northwest Regional Development Agency (Renew NW) and English Partnerships.

Liverpool council has already given evidence on heritage to the government Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee.

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