HC Deb 16 October 1973 vol 861 cc37-8W
Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will state the amount spent on the restoration of ancient buildings in Northern Ireland during the last financial year; if he will indicate the amount spent on each building; what plans there are for future developments in this field in the forthcoming year; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. van. Straubenzee

The total expenditure on conservation works at his- toric monuments during 1972–73 was £149,000. This relates to the 85 monuments under the care of the Ministry of Finance and includes expenditure of £49,250 on the central depot organisation and general day-to-day maintenance.

The main conservation works during 1972–73 were as follows:

Inch Abbey 13,720
Dunlunce Castle 11,815
Devenish Monastic Site 8,205
Castle Caufield 7,380
Hillsborough Fort 7,030
Londonderry City Walls 6,720
Hillsborough Courthouse 6,655
Beaghmore Stone Circles 6,285
Ossian's Grave 6,045
Greencastle 5,845
Carrickfergus Castle 4,880
Rough Fort 3,785
Dalways Bawn 3,285
Dundrum Castle 3,240
Banagher Church 2,600
Dromore Mound 1,645

As well as conservation work the historic monuments service covers archaeological surveys, rescue "digs" and scheduling of monuments in need of protection. Recently a further 48 monuments were taken over by the Ministry from county council ownership.

The staff and administration are at present under review and the projected expenditure for 1973–74 shows an increase of £22,500 over 1972–73.