Major Public Buildings (Stonework)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will institute a programme of regular cleaning of the stonework of the major public buildings under his control.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

I propose for the time being to continue my present policy of considering particular cases on their merits. I have, however, put in hand a review of the whole matter in the light of increasing experience in this country and abroad.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Has my right hon. Friend visited Paris lately and seen the absolutely staggering transformation which has been carried out there to public buildings? Will he make a further statement—if he is making investigations—as to his plans in this matter?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

I have, happily, visited Paris from time to time. I think that the progress made there is remarkable, but the circumstances are, of course, rather different. I will certainly consider publishing the review if it proves to be of sufficient general interest.

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the wonderful transformation which his Department has carried out to the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and also to Princes Street, and will he undertake further work of that kind in Edinburgh?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

Yes, I will. Work on cleaning the National Gallery of Scotland has started and I expect it to be finished by June, 1964.