§ 7. Mr. HOGGE
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, what were the reasons which induced him to decide that the designs for the new Government buildings on the site of the Calton Gaol should be carried out in the Office of the Board of Works; and whether, in view of the national character of those buildings, he will reconsider his decision?
§ Mr. W. BENN
The Committee having examined the designs and models prepared in the Office of Works, Edinburgh, considered an open competition unnecessary.
The reasons which actuated the Committee were that they accepted the designs which they considered the best possible for the site.
§ Mr. GOLDSMITH
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that for the last six years designs of all public buildings have been carried out in the Office of Works, and if he can state why designs for important public buildings are no longer put out to open competition?