HC Deb 24 June 1999 vol 333 c430W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of damage to Stonehenge and the World Heritage Area over the period of the summer solstice; and if he will make. a statement. [88091]

Mr. Alan Howarth

While I deplore the public disorder at Stonehenge over the summer solstice, I am pleased that specialist staff from English Heritage have ascertained that there has been no structural damage to the monument. The modern perimeter fence was damaged and there was some scuffing and dislodging of lichen caused by those who climbed on the stones. The National Trust has also confirmed that although there were people camping and lighting small fires on its adjoining land within the area of the World Heritage Site, no damage was caused beyond scorching and flattening of grass.