HC Deb 30 April 1980 vol 983 cc550-1W
Dr. Glyn

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the size of the United Kingdom's (a) internal and (b) external debt on 3 May 1979; what annual interest each attracted, respectively; and what are the equivalent figures at the latest available date.

Mr. Lawson

[pursuant to his reply29 April 1980, c. 454]: Details of the size of the national debt on 3 May 1979 were not compiled. The most convenient date to take is 31 March. At that date, following is the information:

3. A drawing by Luca Signorelli entitled " Study of a Young Man ";

4. A collection of Hebrew manuscripts and other objects of the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries.

The net cost borne by the national land fund was £133,430 for the plate, £248.680 for the illuminated manuscripts, £52,250 for the drawing and £331,597 for the Hebrew manuscripts.

Announcements about the allocation of these objects will be made in due course by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister with special responsibility for the arts, after taking advice from the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries or the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts as appropriate.

In accordance with the provisions of section 15 of the National Heritage Act 1980 the national land fund has now been abolished.

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