HL Deb 10 January 2005 vol 668 c23WA
Lord Clement-Jones

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which cultural and heritage assets have been sold in the past seven years by (a) government departments; (b) agencies; and (c) non-departmental public bodies. [HL491]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey)

Responsibility for asset management is primarily a matter for individual departments. Therefore, this information is not collected centrally. However, information on heritage assets is contained in theBiennial Conservation Report compiled by English Heritage's Government Historic Estates Unit. Some further information is contained in the National Asset Register published by HM Treasury in 2001. These reports are available in the Library of the House.

£ million
Year 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01
Sum 132.1 134.7 127.9 121.8 115.3 124.1 129.6
Year 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
Sum 117.6 119.6 118.3 121.5 122.0 121.6 119.3

SourceDCMS Annual Reports

Data for 1994–95 to 1998–99 are taken from CM 4613. Data for 1999–2000 to 2000–01 are taken from CM 5423. Data for 2001–02 to 2004–05 are taken from CM 6220.

Data for 2005–06 to 2007–08 are taken from SR04 settlement plans as yet unpublished.

In some years these figures include one-off additions to the baseline allocation. For example, in 2000–01 there was an additional £3 million for the purchase of land at Stonehenge. In 2003–04 there was also a payment of an extra £195.5 million connected with English Heritage's transfer to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.

From 1 April 1999, there was the administrative merger of English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England (RCHME). Full merger took place in 2003–04. Prior to 1999–2000, funding for RCHME was separate.

In addition, English Heritage has distributed funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2002–03 English Heritage