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Historic Buildings: Official Visits

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties represented by the Historic Houses Association (a) she, (b) the Minister for Sport, (c) the Minister for Culture and (d) the Minister for Media and Tourism visited in an official capacity in each of the last five years. (127432)

As Minister for Culture I have visited two properties represented by the Historic Houses Association (HHA) in an official capacity since I was appointed—Holkham Hall, Norfolk and Burghley House, Lincolnshire. I also attended the launch of the HHA’s education service in 2006 and spoke at the 2006 annual general meeting. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport and my hon. Friend the Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism have not yet had the opportunity to visit any HHA properties in an official capacity. We do not have data for previous Ministers for visits to these properties in the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by the National Trust (i) she, (ii) the Minister for Sport, (iii) the Minister for Culture and (iv) the Minister for Media and Tourism visited in an official capacity in each of the last five years. (127433)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has visited the Stonehenge historic landscape, which is owned by the National Trust, in an official capacity. As Minister for Culture I have visited Tyntesfield, near Bristol, Woodchester Mansion, Stroud, where the park is owned by the Trust, and the new National Trust offices at Swindon. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport and my hon. Friend the Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism have not yet had the opportunity to make official visits to properties owned or managed by the Trust. We do not have data for previous Ministers for visits to these properties in the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by English Heritage (i) she, (ii) the Minister for Sport, (iii) the Minister for Culture and (iv) the Minister for Media and Tourism visited in an official capacity in each of the last five years. (127434)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 4l8W.