§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list(a) the cost to date and (b) estimated completion cost of the new British Library building at St. Pancras. 
§ Mr. Fisher
[holding answer 8 December 1997]: The total construction project budget for the British Library St. Pancras building is £511.1 million. The expenditure committed to date stands at approximately £505.7 million. However, negotiations continue with some contractors on their final accounts and it is not possible, therefore, to estimate the final outturn for the project until all these accounts have been settled.