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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th November 2001.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle 2:30 pm, 5th November 2001

Is that not a complacent reply? We all remember, one year ago, photographs of the Archbishop of York paddling about the cellars of his palace in York in his wellies. Is there not a case for the Government to examine the issue further and perhaps to give the Church of England emergency funding to ensure that our national treasures, such as the bishop's palace in York, are not susceptible to flooding? I do not want to see the palace in York flooded in a few weeks time; that would be just too embarrassing.