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English Heritage

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage sites he and his predecessor visited (a) in the UK and (b) in Poole in each of the last five years. (151582)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not visited any English Heritage sites in his three weeks since taking office. His predecessor visited Stonehenge in September 2006, and last month she visited Torre Abbey in Torquay to see a project funded by English Heritage. I visited Castle Acre Priory on 8 July. My predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr. Lammy) visited seven properties managed by English Heritage during his term in office. There are no English Heritage sites in Poole; the nearest sites are Christchurch Castle and Norman House, Lulworth Castle, and Knowlton Church and Earthworks. These have not been visited by DCMS Ministers in recent years. English Heritage’s remit in the UK only extends to England; the devolved administrations have their own equivalent heritage bodies.