HL Deb 16 December 1986 vol 483 cc162-3WA
Lord Brougham and Vaux

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make an announcement about the future of Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

Lord Skelmersdale

I am pleased to announce that I have today written to Mr. Phillip Carter welcoming his acceptance of the Government's invitation to serve as a member of the Merseyside Residuary Body with a special responsibility for Croxteth Hall and Country Park. His task will be to set up and become Chairman of a trust to take over responsibility for Croxteth from the Merseyside Residuary Body.

I visited Croxteth today together with Mr. Carter and the Chairman of the residuary body to discuss the main tasks which lie ahead. These will be to commission a long-term management, development and financial plan and to appoint managing agents with the necessary expertise to manage the estate; to recommend a programme of capital works; to discuss possible financial support with national and local bodies concerned with the heritage and the private sector; and to consider and consult on the constitution, structure and financing of the trust, expecting this to be achieved by 1st April 1988.