HC Deb 31 May 1960 vol 624 cc1156-7
8. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will make a statement on the threatened demolition of three houses in Carlton Gardens, of 1 Baker Street, and of several houses adjoining it in Portman Square; and if he is satisfied that the existing machinery provides him with powers sufficient to ensure the preservation of buildings of architectural or historic interest.

Sir K. Joseph

My right hon. Friend is advised that none of these houses are now of such architectural interest that it would be right to insist on their preservation.

He is satisfied that he has sufficient power to ensure preservation in suitable cases.

Mr. Driberg

While that may be so, could the hon. Gentleman at least say what is to be put in place of the houses in Carlton Gardens? Will the scale and elevation be appropriate to the surroundings?

Sir K. Joseph

Yes, there is power in the L.C.C., and, in the case of Carlton Gardens, there will be a reference to the Royal Fine Art Commission to approve the replacement building before it can be erected.