asked the hon. Member for Wokingham, as representing the Church Commissioners, how much was spent on redecorating Lambeth palace at each change of occupancy starting with Archbishop Ramsey; and if he will also express these sums in constant prices.
Lambeth palace, containing as it does the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is vested in the Church Commissioners, who are responsible for its care and maintenance. The amounts which were spent by the commissioners on redecorating the archbishop's lodging within the palace at each change of occupancy starling with Archbishop Ramsey are as follows. The figures are also presented at constant prices related to 1980 in accordance with the increase in the building indices.
|Cost||In constant prices|
|1961 Archbishop Ramsey||1,995||8,663|
|1974 Archbishop Coggan||2,743||4,910|
|1980 Archbishop Runcie||—||*12,434|
* Including a substantial sum directly related to rewiring.