HC Deb 20 November 1979 vol 974 c128W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to make an announcement concerning the construction of the new British Library building at St. Pancras; whether he will take steps to ensure that the work will begin in 1979; and what the cost of the building is likely to be.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The clearance of the site for this building is almost completed. A substantial amount of further work is needed on details of the plans before a decision to go to tender for the first construction contract can be taken. I have indicated that I hope to make a further statement in due course and I shall include in it an up-to-date estimate of the cost of the building.

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