asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will consult with the London County Council, with a view to appointing an expert panel to consider all applications for the building of skyscrapers in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster and other historic London buildings before planning permission is granted.
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Works is consulted on all development within half a mile of any Royal Palace or Park, or the Palace of Westminster, which might affect the amenities of the Palace or Park and I am quite sure that the London County Council takes account of the effect of proposed high buildings on other historic buildings before giving planning permission. The Royal Fine Art Commission is available for consultation whether by a developer or by the London County Council or by me. I do not think we should improve the outcome by setting up yet further machinery.