§ 87. Mr. Foot
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make representations to the Imperial War Graves Commission on the subject of their proposed annexation of further space on Plymouth Hoe; and whether he will invite the Commission to hold up all work on this project pending fresh consultations with representative bodies of the City of Plymouth on the matter.
§ Mr. Head
No. In accordance with the undertaking given to the House on 16th November, 1948, by the then Secretary of State for War, the Commission and the Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, have been in consultation with Plymouth City Council since the inception of the scheme. Examination of the site with members and officers of the Council led to modifications which satisfied them that the project would in no way mar the amenities of the Hoe. The City Council approved the project in 1950, but at their request the Commission postponed the building of the memorial until September, 1952, to avoid building operations during the holiday months.