HC Deb 03 July 1934 vol 291 cc1747-8
49. Mr. TINKER

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is in a position to state the amount of money collected by the British Museum towards the cost of the Bible manuscript (Codex Sinaiticus); and what amount has been refunded to the Treasury towards the outlay they made when the Bible was purchased?


The amount of the subscriptions received by the Trustees of the British Museum from the public is £51,385, of which £46,500 has to date been refunded to the Treasury. A further transfer will be made by the trustees in due course.


Is there any prospect of it being less than £50,000 that we shall have to pay?


Yes, Sir; I think it will be definitely less