Detailed information on the condition of England's historic environment is contained in Heritage Counts, published by English Heritage. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
On the specific points raised by the hon. Member:
(a) DCMS—sponsored museums and galleries and the British Library estimate that improvements would cost approximately £90 million in each of 2006–07 and 2007–08. The Spending Review allocations announced on
(b) The cost to bring all the buildings on English Heritage's Building At Risk register into repair and, where applicable, use is approximately £400 million. Only Grade I and II* buildings are included on the register. No estimate is available for Grade II buildings.
(c) No estimate is available for the cost of restoring historic parks. However, it is estimated that on all parks there was a cumulative underspend of £1.3 billion between 1980 and 2000. Additionally, the Royal Parks Agency estimate they have a total maintenance backlog of £110 million, including spending on buildings, roads Department for Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentary Branch 2–4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH www.culture.gov.uk and other facilities.