HC Deb 02 June 1997 vol 295 c29W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to improve the state of Britain's seaside piers, with particular reference to Southport's pier. [1654]

Mr. Banks

Public funding for the restoration of historic piers is available from English Heritage (or the equivalent agency in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) and from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The NHMF has so far provided £3.3 million from Lottery proceeds for projects relating to historic piers. This includes a grant of £34,000 in February this year for a structural survey of Southport pier. I understand that the possibility of European Regional Development Fund support for the restoration of this pier is also under discussion.