HC Deb 19 April 2004 vol 420 c20
25. Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York) (Con)

How many churches benefited from the grant to reimburse VAT on repairs in 2003–04. [166167]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Mr. David Lammy)

I have been asked to reply.

Two thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine listed places of worship benefited from the grant in 2003–04. Of those, 2,123 were Church of England buildings.

Miss McIntosh

Can the hon. Gentleman tell me what the cost of administering the grant was, out of that total sum?

Mr. Lammy

I know the hon. Lady has great expertise in these matters. I answered a question on the matter when I last stood in for my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough (Sir Stuart Bell). May I write to the hon. Lady with those figures?