This document contains the following information: Departmental minute dated 16 April 2007 concerning the transfer of the FCO historical collection to Kings College London
It is normal practice when a government department proposes to make a gift worth more than £250,000 to present a Minute to the House of Commons, giving particulars of the gift and explaining the circumstances. This document relates to the proposed transfer of a collection of historical documents (30,000 books and 10,000 pamphlets, valued at £4.5 million) from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to Kings College London, through the creation of a charitable trust. The Treasury has approved the proposal in principle, with final approval given by the House of Commons in fourteen days unless an objection is raised by an MP with that time.
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