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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he has any statement to make with regard to the proposed new Government building in Whitehall?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Woolwich East (Mr. Hicks) on 31st October, to which I have nothing to add.

Lieut.-Commander AGNEW

Will my right hon. Friend ensure, as far as he can, that the building is of more classic design than the proposed new building in Edinburgh?

65. Mr. GUY

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether in view of the Edinburgh Corporation having now approved the plans for the proposed new Government buildings on the Calton site, he will consider giving the necessary instructions for such further demolition work as is necessary to be proceeded with forthwith so that work for the unemployed may be provided thereby this winter?


The greater part of the demolition work remaining to be done will properly form part of the contract for foundations, the drawings and specifications for which will not be available for a considerable period. In any event I am not in a position to authorise any expenditure in connection with this scheme in advance of Parliamentary authority, which will be sought when the Civil Estimates for 1935 (Class VII) are presented.