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Portchester Castle

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what conditions were attached by the donor when Portchester Castle was given to the nation in 1974; and whether these conditions have been varied at any time. (87742)

The guardianship of Portchester Castle was given to the Commissioner for Works on 23 June 1926. No conditions were attached to this gift.

Regulations concerning the castle have been made subsequently, most recently in 1974 by the Department of the Environment following discussions with Fareham borough council and St. Mary’s Church.

Following a direction made under section 34 of the National Heritage Act 1983, responsibility for managing the property was delegated to English Heritage.