§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will consider the retention in public ownership of the five acres of land to the north of the new British library at St. Pancras to ensure the possibility of the library's future expansion.
§ Mr. Luce
In 1988 when Ministers agreed to authorise the construction of the completion phase of the new British library building at St. Pancras, they also agreed to dispose of that land at the site which may ultimately be surplus to requirements.
The area of land which will be surplus and the optimum timing and method of its disposal are still being examined.