Foreign Office Building

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Lawrence Orr Mr Lawrence Orr , South Down 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what will be the effect of the present economic policies on his plans for the Foreign Office building.

Photo of Mr Reginald Prentice Mr Reginald Prentice , East Ham North

As the rebuilding was not scheduled to start for several years, there is no foreseeable effect.

Photo of Mr Lawrence Orr Mr Lawrence Orr , South Down

None the less, would it not be useful now to announce the abandonment of this scheme in order to assist the general climate? Is this not a pill which the British public will be only too happy to swallow?

Photo of Mr Reginald Prentice Mr Reginald Prentice , East Ham North

The original scheme was accepted by the last Government for reasons which they thought fit and the decision has been repeated by the present Goverment. I think that the hon. Gentleman will be aware of the reasons given. Those reasons are still valid.