HC Deb 13 March 1950 vol 472 cc724-5
6. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Minister of Works how many houses in Carlton House Terrace are in occupation of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. Stokes

Twelve houses in Carlton House Terrace are wholly occupied, and four partly occupied, by Government Departments.

Sir H. Williams

What are the Departments doing in these buildings?

Mr. Stokes

The Departments concerned in occupation are the Foreign Office, the Ministry of National Insurance and the Ministry of Works, but, as the hon. Gentleman probably knows, the intention is to build a new Foreign Office there in due course.

Mr. Bossom

How much longer is there to be a lunch club for civil servants in this area?

Mr. Stokes

I could not answer that question without notice.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Does the right hon. Gentleman's previous reply mean that this beautiful terrace is to be pulled down and a new place built?

Mr. Stokes

No, certainly not. The Nash façade is to be retained, but it is to be reconstructed behind as soon as circumstances permit.

Sir W. Smithers

When re-organising this place, will the right hon. Gentleman name it "Red Square"?