§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the Sefton Park palm house, Liverpool; 
(2) what European regional development fund funding and English Heritage funding is available towards the restoration of the Sefton Park palm house.
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The works carried out in 1993 under the urban programme funded rescue package—£254,000—secured the structure in the short term, allowing time for detailed proposals to be drawn up for future sustainable use as part of an overall tourism strategy.
The Government office for Merseyside has received an application for ERDF grant assistance for a development study and business plan. This application is currently being appraised.
I understand that English Heritage has made an offer of funding towards eligible works on the palm house.