§ Mrs. Jeger
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, what progress has been made with plans for the National Library; and when he expects building to begin.
§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
Completion of the purchase of the site at Euston Road awaits the outcome of the consideration now being given by the local planning authority to outline plans for the new British Library buildings. In accordance with my reply to my hon. Friend on 5th August 1975, work on the detailed design of these buildings is now going forward with a view to a start on the construction of a substantial first phase in 1979–80 if economic conditions at that time permit.—[Vol 897, c. 143.]