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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the maintenance of the fabric of English cathedrals of the loss of income arising from forced sale to tenants of rented houses in cathedral closes.

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

The sale to tenants of rented houses in cathedral closes is a private matter for each Dean and Chapter.

English Heritage carried out a fabric survey into the condition of cathedrals in 2009. This research demonstrated that the majority of cathedrals are now in better condition than they have been for a century and are in a reasonably good state, given their age and complexity as buildings.

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