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British Library

Volume 889: debated on Monday 24 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the estimate at current prices of the cost of the British Library, including the cost of acquiring and developing the Bloomsbury and/or Somers Town sites, the cost of building, and of equipping the building and moving stocks.

As the Government are now examining with the British Library Board the practicability of constructing the library in a phased programme on the Somers Town site, there would be no case for attempting to update provisional estimates of the cost of developing the Bloomsbury site. Design and other preparatory work for the Somers Town site has not reached the stage at which cost estimates can be given.