HC Deb 25 November 1970 vol 807 cc386-7
11. Mr. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, what further plans he has for cleaning public buildings in London.

Mr. Peter Walker

My plans provide for completing the cleaning of Somerset House and the Old War Office Building; for further work at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and at Greenwich; and for starting work on other buildings as funds permit.

Mr. Strauss

I welcome the right hon. Gentleman's statement that he will proceed with cleaning other buildings, but will he use all the influence he can to bring about the early cleaning of the home of the Royal Academy, Burlington House, in Piccadilly, which is the most shamefully dirty building in London?

Mr. Walker

I will certainly see that that suggestion is properly considered. Our programme involves about half as much again as the cost of recent annual programmes.

Mr. Lane

As the economic situation improves through wise Conservative policies, will my right hon. Friend try to make an early start on cleaning the exterior of the Palace of Westminster?

Mr. Walker

I will certainly bear that remark in mind.