Ministers denied tonight that it was for them to decide where the remains of Richard III should be laid to rest.
Justice Minister Lord McNally, said it was not for the Government or the Ministry of Justice to decide where the King's remains will be reinterred.
In a written reply, he said it was for the University of Leicester to determine where the remains should be reburied.
The city of York is campaigning to have their King's remains reburied in the city.
Relatives of Richard III, whose body was unearthed in Leicester, have won the right to challenge plans to rebury his remains in the city.
A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is on display today in Leicester's Guildhall on the first stop of a nationwide tour.
Members of the Richard III Society and other dignitaries held a rose-laying ceremony today at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.