HC Deb 27 April 1981 vol 3 c332W
Mr. Michael Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will recruit local volunteers to give their services without charge when Stonehenge is closed, as happened on 14 April, thereby avoiding disappointment for the great number of visitors, many from overseas, who travel long distances to see this unique British monument.

Mr. Monro

The custodial staff at Stonehenge took part in the half-day strike of civil servants on April 14 from 2pm until 7pm. Although the main gate was not locked and visitors could get in, some turned away not realising that entry to the monument was free. I regret that the custodians abandoned their posts without warning, which prevented any other arrangements being made. As the withdrawal of civil servants took place without notice, I doubt if volunteers could have been organised in time.