§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report (a) the maximum penalties available to the courts if a person is found guilty of executing or causing to be executed any works for the demolition of a listed building or for its alteration or extension in any way, which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and if the works are not authorised under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 and (b) the maximum penalties available to the courts if a person is found guilty of executing or causing to be executed the demolition of a tree or trees protected by a tree preservation order.
§ Mr. Heseltine
The penalties prescribed in the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, as amended by the Criminal Law Act 1977, areSection 55 (demolition alteration or extension of a listed building without consent)>On a summary conviction a fine not exceeding £1,000 or imprisonment of not mote than three months (or both).On indictment, an unlimited fine or imprisonment of not more than 12 months (or both).Section 57 (damage to a listed building)Fine not exceeding £100 on summary conviction and a fine not exceeding £20 per day for each day on which the failure to take reasonable steps to prevent any damage or further damage continues. Section 102 (felling of tree covered by a tree preservation order)On summary conviction, a fine not exceeding £1,000 or twice the sum which appears to the court to be the value of the tree, whichever is the greater.On indictment, an unlimited fine.