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York Minster

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed to York Minster Library; for what purpose this grant was made; and if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Minster's grant application and (b) the Lottery Fund's decision on it. [118761]

In 1996 the HLF awarded a grant of £967,000 to the Dean and Chapter of York Minster to extend the library to balance the 13th century chapel. The application form and supporting papers contain information that would be considered exempt from disclosure under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and therefore it would not be appropriate to place these in the House of Commons Library. The Heritage Lottery fund is writing to the hon. Member in more detail regarding this award. I will place in the Library of the House a copy of the minute detailing the Heritage Lottery Fund's decision.