§ Mr. Heddle
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions the Property Services Agency has had regarding the structural condition of Windsor castle; with whom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chope
In January this year some cracking occurred in the north-west quadrant of the Round Tower82W at Windsor castle, which houses the Royal archives. It is possible that the recent period of exceptionally heavy rainfall increased pressures within the earth mound which supports the tower giving rise to movement. Engineers of the Property Services Agency and specialist consultants have been monitoring the situation closely since the occurrence and no further movement has taken place. A comprehensive geo-technical survey, including borehole investigation, has been planned and will beging this week. Preliminary results will be available during May and I will write to my hon. Friend at that time.
The Royal Household is being kept closely in touch with developments.