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Stonehenge: Visitors' Centre

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost has been to (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies of (i) public enquiries, (ii) public consultations, (iii) public exhibitions, (iv) public information initiatives, (v) consultancy fees and (vi) all others costs incurred in connection with the proposed English Heritage Visitors' Centre at Stonehenge and the associated road improvement on the A303(T) since 1986. (173998)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost has been to (a) his Department and (b) English Heritage of preparatory work in connection with the Stonehenge Visitors' Centre. (174376)

[holding answer 17 December 2007]: English Heritage records for expenditure on the Stonehenge visitor centre proposals commence at 1990-91. A total of some £16 million has been spent on developing various schemes for a new visitor centre. This includes funds to purchase land for the proposed site, which can be used for other purposes, together with consultancy and project team costs associated with the architectural, structural and environmental design of the centre including costs associated with public enquiries.

It is not possible to disaggregate costs in the manner requested but broadly the split of costs is as follows:

£ million

1990-91 to 1997-98

Original feasibility study and proposals

4.2

1997-98 to 2002-03

Public private partnership scheme development

1.9

2000-01

Purchase of the Countess East site and Countess road properties

3.4

2000-01 to 2006-07

Countess East scheme

6.5

Additional staff costs have fallen to my Department but these are included in overall running costs and are not separately recorded.

The costs for the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme were given in the answer to the hon. Member for Salisbury (Robert Key) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, South (Mr. Harris) on 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1426W.