HC Deb 12 April 2002 vol 383 cc638-9W
Jeremy Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure has been incurred on the maintenance of the parish church at Imber for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. [48624]

Mr. Ingram

[holding answer 10 April 2002]: Although the parish church of St Giles at Imber is the property of Salisbury Diocese, the Ministry of Defence has always voluntarily maintained the building in a wind and weatherproof condition and has incurred the following expenditure in each of the last five years:

Year Amount £
1997 Details not available
1998 1,256.49
1999 2,747.15
2000 Nil
2001 158.63


Although general administrative costs are not available, the services of an Establishment Works Consultant has been provided at £210.00 per year-an additional £1,050 over the five year period.

I am, of course, unable to provide details of any expenditure that may have been incurred by Salisbury Diocese.

Jeremy Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many days in each of the past five years the roads on Imber Ranges and in Imber village have been open to the public. [48539]

Dr. Moonie

[holding answer 10 April 2002]: The metalled roads from Gore Cross to Warminster via Imber, and Heytesbury to Bratton via Imber are open for up to 50 days annually depending on operational training commitments. In each of the last five years these roads were open as follows:

Year Number of Days
1997 21
1998 23
1999 26
2000 25
2001 24

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