§ 2. Mr. Parker
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works when it is now hoped to complete the work on Nos. 10–12, Downing Street and the Treasury, respectively.
§ 11. Mr. Lipton
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works on what basis he estimates that the reconstruction of Nos. 10, 11, and 12, Downing Street will be completed by August, 1963.
§ Mr. Rippon
The reconstruction of Nos. 10, 11, and 12, Downing Street and the Treasury is expected to be completed in August, 1963. This date is based on close discussion with the main contractor who has prepared a detailed programme for the work in consultation with the unions concerned. In agreement with the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives the main contractor has introduced a special incentive bonus scheme which is based on completion of the work in August, 1963.
§ Mr. Rankin
Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us how much has been expended to date, or to the nearest date, on this reconstruction?
§ Sir H. Oakshott
Am I not right in thinking that formerly at the end of Downing Street, at the top of the steps leading to Foreign Office Green, there was an archway? Is there any chance of this being incorporated in the reconstruction?
§ Mr. Rippon
We will consider the point raised by my hon. Friend. I have no information about that point in my head at the moment.