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Minister praised for church grant

Alex Attwood, the Environment Minister, deserves huge praise for his decision to provide £400,000 for urgent conservation work at Carlisle Memorial church in Belfast (News, February 9).

In making a very substantial grant, the minister has demonstrated his confidence in the Belfast Buildings Preservation Trust, which has taken on the challenge of restoring the building and putting it at the service of the north Belfast community.

A cross-party initiative has been launched at Westminster by Lord Dubs, the former Labour NI minister, and by me, a Conservative peer with a long-standing interest in Northern Ireland. Those who respond to our appeal will visit the church, helping to support the preservation of Belfast's heritage.

LORD LEXDEN

House of Lords, London SW1

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