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UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will allocate funds to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust for the purpose of preserving (a) Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds and (b) Scott’s hut at Cape Evans in Antarctica. (92090)

In 2002, the Government, through the Government of the British Antarctic Territory, donated £70,000 to support the proposed Ross Sea heritage restoration project, developed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, to secure the long- term future of the historic huts of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton on Ross island, Antartica. There are, however, many domestic demands for protecting our heritage and insufficient funds to meet them. There is currently no further capacity to assist with overseas projects but we are continuing to explore with others what private funds might be available from British sources.