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How can Treasury justify design policy?

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It was dismal to read your report last week that the Treasury is trying to force through a crude form of design and build as the norm for publicly funded buildings in this country. This policy has had no proper debate in Parliament, is a denial of New Labour's stated attitudes towards cultural values, and is a direct negation of the positive spirit in which uk design has been embraced, for example via the Millennium Products exhibition at Horse Guards last year.

Surely there should be at least some Parliamentary time allocated to this matter - before it is too late. Let's hope Robin Nicholson, David Rock and their fellow leaders in the other professions can make some headway before we rush headlong down the path of a design policy which has nothing to do with design.

Hugh Roussel


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