HL Deb 17 July 1995 vol 566 cc5-6WA
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their policy towards the future of Stonehenge, and whether the Department of Transport has yet fully discussed detailed options for the re-routing of the A.303 with English Heritage and the Department of National Heritage.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood)

Stonehenge, with its surrounding landscape, is one of the most important of Europe's pre-historic monuments. Its significance is recognised by its designation as a World Heritage Site. The Government fully support the efforts of English Heritage and the National Trust to improve the setting of the stones and provide better facilities for visitors.

The possible re-routing of the A.303 trunk road is a key factor in any plans for improving the Stonehenge landscape. Discussions have taken place between the Department of Transport, English Heritage and my department over the last few months; and I understand that the Department of Transport and English Heritage will be in a position to undertake public consultations later this year, both on route options for the A.303 and on plans for improved visitor facilities.