Downing Street (Restoration)

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 Sir Harmar Nicholls Sir Harmar Nicholls , Peterborough 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he will publish a detailed and illustrated account of the restoration of Downing Street when the work is completed.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

What was the original estimated cost of restoring this street, what will be the actual cost, and why have the costs been so much greater than originally estimated?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

I congratulate my hon. Friend on the ingenuity with which he relates that supplementary question to the Question. The original cost envisaged in the Crawford Report was£400,000. A provisional estimate of£500,000 was made in June, 1959. I estimate that the final cost of the work will be somewhere between£900,000 and£1 million.

Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West

Is this an example of selective tendering, or what?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

It was a special form of contract designed for this particular purpose.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the Minister aware that what we want to see, as regards No. 10 Downing Street, is a photograph of the next tenant?