HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 c552
4. Mr. Campbell-Savours

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what representations he has received on the future use of Greta hall in Keswick. [28745]

Mr. Dorrell


Mr. Campbell-Savours

Tomorrow, the trustees of the national heritage memorial fund will consider a grant application from the Lake Poets Society for purchase moneys to acquire the site of Greta hall in my constituency, which is a lakeland historic heritage site; it is the former home of Southey and Coleridge, the former haunt of Wordsworth and Shelley. Would the Minister be prepared discreetly to lend his support to that project, because it has major implications as a heritage centre and it would be especially useful to the university of the lakes when finally we get it off the ground?

Mr. Dorrell

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the national heritage memorial fund is independent of Government and, as I am sure that he would expect, support—discreet or otherwise—from the Government might not be helpful to any application that the heritage fund might consider.