National Heritage (Salisbury)

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 9th July 2015.

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Photo of John Glen John Glen Conservative, Salisbury 9:30 am, 9th July 2015

What steps he is taking to protect and promote national heritage in Salisbury constituency.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Salisbury area has many wonderful heritage treasures. These have benefited from substantial investment from both the Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and include the famous cathedral, Stonehenge and the Avebury world heritage site.

Photo of John Glen John Glen Conservative, Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral has the finest copy of the Magna Carta, and June Osborne and her team have put together a spectacular range of events to celebrate the 800th anniversary. Two hundred children from across my constituency will gather this evening to perform the Magna Cantata musical. Will the Minister affirm that the Government will continue to support this wonderful building and all that goes on there?

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I congratulate my hon. Friend on getting so many young children in his constituency engaged in celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. This fantastic project has received more than £400,000-worth of investment through the Heritage Lottery Fund, while the cathedral itself has benefited from £600,000 from our first world war centenary cathedrals repair fund. Salisbury Cathedral will continue to be eligible to apply for further support from our listed places of worship grant scheme and the Heritage Lottery Fund.