British Embassies, Legations and Consular Offices

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 Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what action he is taking to apply to British embassies, legations and consular offices overseas the standards laid down in the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Bill.

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

I believe that the standards observed in these offices compare very favourably with those laid down under the terms of the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Bill.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

Has my hon. Friend confirmed that view with the people for whom the Foreign Office is responsible? Is he aware that quite a lot of people employed in the Foreign Office are very interested to know whether the facilities of this Bill are going to be applied to them? Has he made inquiries before giving his answer, or is he giving it off the cuff?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

No, Sir. I am not giving it off the cuff. I am informed that the standards for Government offices overseas are generally much in excess of the requirements laid down in the Bill. If my hon. Friend has any particular matter that she would like to bring to my notice I shall be glad to look into it.