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English Heritage: Educational Visits

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the (a) administration, (b) staffing and (c) advertisement and promotion of the English Heritage free educational visits scheme in each year since the introduction of the scheme. (272321)

[holding answer 5 May 2009]: English Heritage introduced free entry for educational groups to its sites as one of its first acts after its creation in 1984. However, the figures requested are only available for the years from 1996-97 and these represent the total spend on education in each year. It is not possible to separate out how much is spent on free educational visits alone, or to break down the total as requested. The available figures are set out in the following table:

£

Of which:

Total expenditure on education

Payroll

Marketing and promotion

1996-97

1,083,870

342,575

365,802

1997-98

961,479

265,498

491,661

1998-99

814,314

274,472

422,639

1999-2000

972,013

361,021

540,461

2000-01

1,059,290

408,818

509,290

2001-02

1,101,696

436,462

659,799

2002-03

1,182,071

556,628

597,433

2003-04

1,416,248

659,582

546,356

2004-05

1,335,050

695,672

487,447

2005-06

1,445,448

630,006

213,539

2006-07

1,503,366

649,604

390,713

2007-08

1,429,012

698,122

475,614

2008-09

1,466,873

727,583

335,125