§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what provision is being made by Her Majesty's Government to assist in the repair and restoration of St. Ethelburga's church, damaged by the Bishopsgate bomb of 24 April, including the restitution of the interior murals; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Brooke
English Heritage is providing direct practical assistance in assessing the damage and advising the Church authorities on possible options. It is for the latter to make proposals for the treatment of the building and to consider how any work might be financed. The special arrangements made by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade with the insurance industry last year to ensure the continued availability of insurance cover against terrorist damage are also relevant to cases of this kind.