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Places of Worship (VAT)

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on extending the VAT refund arrangements available to listed places of worship to unlisted church buildings within conservation areas; and if she will make a statement. (98319)

No discussions have taken place on extending the Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme to unlisted churches. The scheme is focused on those places of worship that are formally recognised as having special architectural or historic interest, and recognises that their repair and maintenance generally requires specialist craftsmen and costly materials, the cost of which often falls on small congregations.