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World Squares for All Group

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what basis staff from the Parliamentary Works Directorate sit as members of the client team of the World Squares for All group; what remit staff have been given in connection with this work; and under whose authority staff are members of the group. (85958)

The World Squares for All steering group overseeing the feasibility study on Parliament Square includes representatives from a number of bodies who have an interest in Parliament Square and its environs. All the bodies are represented by officials rather than elected members.

Those represented include Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority, English Heritage, the Royal Parks Agency, the Parliamentary Estate, Transport for London, the Cabinet Office and Westminster Abbey.

The Director of Estates represents the Parliamentary Estate on the World Squares for All steering group. His role is to act as liaison between the parliamentary authorities and the steering group. He ensures that the steering group is made aware of the impact of any proposals or potential issues and their impacts and effects on the Parliamentary Estate, ensuring these are fully understood by the group and their consultants.