HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 c663
19. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what are the reasons for the delay in building the new embassy in Rome; and when he hopes to proceed with the project.

Mr. C. Pannell

The same reasons which caused the postponement of many public projects in this country.

Mr. King

Will the Minister bear in mind the desirability especially in Rome of adequate architecture in which to house the British Mission?

Mr. Pannell

I am at one with the hon. Gentleman in this. I am sensible that in a city of great historic beauty this country's representatives should be housed in a fitting building. We have accepted this in principle, and I hope that the work will start next September.