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Heveningham Hall

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much public money has been spent on the maintenance and running, respectively, of Heveningham Hall in each financial year since it was acquired by his Department; if he will give his estimates for the current financial year and for 1975–76; and if he will also give the number of visitors during each year and the gross receipts from their admission.

Heveningham Hall was acquired by my Department in August 1970, and the relevant figures are given below.

YearGross repair and maintenance costsGross expenditure on opening to the public
££
1970–714568,008
1971–724,02013,207
1972–7315,87713,360
1973–7420,92415,522
1974–7510,000*17,000*
1975–7610,000*18,000*
* Estimate.
YearVisitorsGross admission receipts
£
19705,6891,000
197120,7503,763
197222,5484,201
197322,5624,529
197420,0734,566
After taking into account the total income, including admission fees, receipts from shop and catering, etc., from the property, the annual deficit on Heveningham Hall has been as follows:

YearDeficit
1970–71£4,844
1971–72£6,906
1972–73£5,912
1973–74£5,244
1974–75 (to date)£7,818