HC Deb 17 December 1959 vol 615 c252W
Mr. D. Griffiths

asked the Prime Minister if he will allow the public to view the premises of No. 10 Downing Street from the time he vacates the same until the workmen who are going to make the alterations and renovations go in; and if he will make a nominal charge, the proceeds of which would go to the World Refugee Organisation Fund.

Lord John Hope

I have been asked to reply.

I regret that this suggestion is not practicable. The Downing Street houses will be emptied of their furnishings and fittings immediately the Prime Minister leaves, and work must start at once if it is to be completed within the period planned.

It is, however, hoped to give the Press facilities for taking photographs and films before work begins.