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Lambeth Palace Library

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what plans the Church Commissioners have for Lambeth Palace Library: and if he will make a statement. [111842]

In response to the report, "Resourcing Archbishops", the Commissioners have in consultation with the other National Institutions of the Church of England initiated a review of the arrangements for the housing and conservation of the 'documentary heritage' held by the National Institutions. The review will consider in particular the future of Lambeth Palace Library and, through consultation, will seek to define the purposes and role of the collections and examine ways of increasing public access. It will also consider the current preservation requirements and resourcing issues.The terms of reference have been agreed by the Commissioners' Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee and Board of Governors, and the membership of the Review Group is now being drawn together.It is envisaged that the review will report next year.