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Papal Visit

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether any special arrangements will be made to cover costs to local authorities incurred by security measures on the occasion of the visit by the Pope.

It is not yet possible to estimate the likely additional expenditure falling on local authorities as a result of the Pope's visit, or to assess the extent to which they will be separately reimbursed by the Roman Catholic Church authorities. It is therefore, too early to decide whether it may be necessary to assist with local authorities' costs.