HC Deb 07 May 1986 vol 97 cc143-4W
Mr. Foot

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many members of staff at Kenwood House have retired or taken redundancy as a result of the abolition of the Greater London council;

(2) how many times rooms at Kenwood House, Hampstead, have been closed to the public since English Heritage took control of the property following the abolition of the Greater London council on 1 April;

Effect on grant entitlements of the guaranteed £500 million recycling and the effect of £628 million recycling
Guaranteed extra grant from recycling of £500 million Estimated extra grant from recycling of £628 million
(£ million) (£ million)
Greater London
City of London
Greenwich 0.579 0.725
Hackney 0.705 0.884

(3) on how many occasions Kenwood House has been closed before the official time of 7 pm since 1 April;

(4) if it is the Government's policy to reduce staff at English Heritage properties;

(5) what has happened to the Government funding of £2 million made available to English Heritage to deal with the problems facing Kenwood House, Ranger's House, Blackheath and Marble Hill House, Twickenham, following abolition of the Greater London council.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

An extra £7.75 million was allocated in the commission's grant-in-aid for 1986–87 for all the functions of the GLC transferred to it under the Local Government Act 1985. This figure was agreed with the commission and derived from an estimate of the GLC's cost of these functions.

The commission indicated by letter to the GLC staff members working at, or in connection with, Kenwood House, Marble Hill House and Ranger's House that they were prepared to make job offers to all of them. Eight of these staff (four of whom were connected with Kenwood House) indicated that they did not wish to receive a job offer because they intended either to take redundancy compensation or to retire early. One staff member (also Kenwood House) to whom a job offer was made did not accept.

Detailed questions of opening hours and custodial arrangements are a matter for the commission.