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British Library

Volume 176: debated on Friday 13 July 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the value of the land to be sold on the north side of the new British library site at St. Pancras.

[holding answer 11 July 1990]: The final value will depend on how much is surplus and the use to which the land can be put. A 5 acre area of land at the north end of the site was estimated in 1989 to be worth between £4.5 million and £6 million.

To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the estimated value of the Somers Town goods yard site at St. Pancras.

[holding answer 11 July 1990]: It has not been necessary to obtain a valuation for the whole site.

To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the cost of site preparation of the land on the north side of the new British Library site at St. Pancras and its area in relation to the area to be occupied by the British Library.

[holding answer 11 July 1990]: The cost of removing the existing railway structures from the 2.7 acre strip at the northern end of the site totals £300,000. The remainder of the site, including the area to be occupied by the British library, comprises 9.8 acres.