HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc33-4W
81. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will withhold his permission for the proposed development in the north-east corner of Manchester Square until it is possible to obtain the views of the Royal Fine Art Commission on the future of Manchester Square, in view of the fact that Manchester Square is one of the finest of the eighteenth century squares now left in London, and of its architectural merit as a setting for the Wallace Collection in Hertford House.

Mr. H. Brooke

My permission is not required. It is the London County Council, as local planning authority, which now has under consideration a revised proposal for an office building in the north-west corner of Manchester Square. I understand that the Royal Fine Art Commission has expressed views to the council on the future of Manchester Square, and that in coming to a decision the council will have these views before it.