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Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has yet reached agreement with the General Synod of the Church of England on the amount of aid to be given to historic churches which are in use, and the conditions to be attached to such aid; and if he will make a statement.

No. As my right hon. Friend the Minister for Planning and Local Government said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Mr. Walker) on 30th January—[Vol. 885, c. 235–6.]—the amount of aid agreed In principle for churches of all demoninations is not expected to exceed £1 million at 1973 prices. Discussions between my Department and representatives of the Churches—which cover the amount of aid, conditions, methods and other relevant matters—are now in progress.