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Churches Conservation Trust

Volume 462: debated on Monday 25 June 2007

23. How much funding the commissioners have given to the Churches Conservation Trust in 2007-08. (144683)

The commissioners’ contribution to the funding of the Churches Conservation Trust in 2007-08 will be £1.286 million.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that answer. Does he agree, however, that a considerable additional sum is required if historic churches no longer used for regular worship are to be maintained and remain part of the nation’s important heritage?

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for continuing to raise that issue on the Floor of the House and for drawing attention to our heritage. Since 1989, the Government have provided 70 per cent. of the trust budget, and the Church has provided 30 per cent. The overall budget for 2006-09 is £12.6 million, with £8 million from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and £3.8 million as the Church’s share. We continue to lobby for more.