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British Library: Lindisfarne gospels

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th April 2011.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will have discussions with the British Library on plans to display the Lindisfarne gospels in the North East of England.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The British Library operates at arm's length from Government. It is a matter for the British Library Board to take decisions on access to the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Government have encouraged a constructive dialogue between the North-East and the library on how to best serve their mutual interests while complying with the library's statutory obligations. I welcome the library's agreement to a short-term loan of the Gospels to the North-East region, and to work towards an ongoing programme of loans.

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