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Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many times Liverpool as capital of culture 2008 has been visited by members of the Royal Family. [HL5483]

Seven Members of the Royal Family have carried out 10 visits to Liverpool during 2008.

29 January—The Earl of Wessex;

5 March—The Princess Royal;

17 April—The Duke of York;

14 May—The Duchess of Gloucester;

22 May—The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh;

28 May—The Princess Royal;

18 July—The Princess Royal;

4 September—The Duchess of Gloucester;

28 September—The Prince of Wales; and

1 October—The Princess Royal

In addition, The Princess Royal is due to visit Liverpool on 31 October, and The Duke of Gloucester will visit on 10 November.

This information has been verified with the Royal Household.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many Merseyside parks have received heritage grants in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008 to date. [HL5484]



Park Name



Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead



Court Hey Park, Knowsley




In 2006, Birkenhead Park in Birkenhead received heritage grants of £451,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £101,361 from English Heritage. In 2007, Court Hey Park in Knowsley received £50,000 from HLF. Prior to 2006, HLF funded nine Merseyside parks to the value of £19,908,800.