HC Deb 18 December 1962 vol 669 c1055
1. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what representations have been made to him concerning the proposal to add a top storey to the Foreign Office building; and whether he will give an assurance that no action will be taken which would affect the appearance of the skyline of the building.

The Minister of Public Building and Works (Mr. Geoffrey Rippon)

The proposal, which has been accepted by the Royal Fine Art Commission, is to add a further storey to part only of the Foreign Office building. The only representation I have received is from the Victorian Society. The effect of the scheme on the skyline of the building should be scarcely noticeable.

Dr. Stross

May I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his reply and especially for the reassurance in the latter part of his Answer? Are we to assume that he has had the best possible advice from other sources, as well as the view of the Royal Fine Art Commission?

Mr. Rippon

I think that that may fairly be assumed.