HC Deb 16 April 1947 vol 436 cc172-3
25. Mr. Sharp

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why it is proposed to build new embassy offices and residence at Rome at an estimated cost of 350,000.

Mr. McNeil

The old residence is unsuitable for modern residential needs, and has for some years been used as offices. It is inadequate, however, for the present staff of the Embassy, and is not suitable for modern office needs. It was, moreover, damaged by a bomb explosion in October last. Temporary arrangements for housing the Ambassador and the offices have been made, but it will be necessary to provide permanent quarters.