§ Mr. NALL-CAIN
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether arrangements have been concluded for the employment of an architect to prepare plans and designs for the proposed Government offices in Whitehall; and whether those arrangements involve any substantial financial liability in advance of the Government reaching a decision whether to proceed with the erection of the buildings?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
It is hoped that the appointment of an architect to prepare plans and designs for the proposed Government offices in Whitehall will be made shortly. The draft agreement provides for a first payment to the architect of £10,000 on approval of the sketch plans. A decision will then have to be taken whether to proceed with the erection of the building or not. Should the decision be not to proceed with the scheme, a further sum estimated not to exceed £5,000 would be payable to the architect. The necessary financial provision will be made on the Estimate for Public Buildings, Great Britain, for the forthcoming financial year.