Future of English Heritage

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 2nd April 2014.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 2:30 pm, 2nd April 2014

The hon. Lady makes good points about dodgy projections. Does she share my concerns about visitor numbers? The number of visitors to English Heritage sites in 2002-03 was 5.5 million. Ten years later, in 2012-13, it was 5.1 million, yet there is a big increase in the numbers forecast for the next few years. Of course, a fifth of visitors to English Heritage sites at the moment go to Stonehenge, where the entrance fee for the fantastic new visitor centre has been raised from £8 to £14.90. There has been quite a lot of grumbling by potential punters wanting to go there.