HC Deb 09 December 1992 vol 215 cc679-80W
Mr. Mackinlay

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when English Heritage applied for access to inspect and survey rewiring and other works being carried out at Windsor castle; and what response was given on each occasion.

Mr. Tony Banks

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what information he has regarding applications by English Heritage to survey Windsor castle during the recent installations of new services; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

[holding answers 27 and 30 November 1992]: English Heritage works closely with the royal household and has carried out several inspections and surveys in the royal palaces over the past few years. English Heritage experts were not generally involved during the rewiring work at Windsor castle because it was judged that it did not involve significant disturbance to the fabric. However, they were notified on a number of occasions in the course of the work of possible disturbance to the historic fabric and were allowed access on all but one occasion.