HC Deb 29 April 1958 vol 587 cc162-3
5. Mr. Robert Cooke

asked the Minister of Works when Carlton House Terrace will be cleaned, painted and restored.

Mr. Molson

I refer my hon. Friend to my Answer of 10th December last. The exterior of the Terrace will be repainted in the autumn.

Mr. Cooke

Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for his sympathetic reply, may I ask if when this work is done he will give consideration to the removal of certain temporary structures and the replacement of certain missing balustrades and other features?

Mr. Molson

As my hon. Friend is aware, it is intended to reconstruct the whole of this place behind the present façade in order to provide an office for the Foreign Office. It is not likely that this will be begun before 1963 or 1964 at the earliest, but, naturally, we are not doing anything more than maintain the present structure until the main rebuilding is undertaken.

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