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Welsh Office denies rumours of danger to Rogers' scheme

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The Welsh Office has denied rumours that new Welsh secretary Alun Michael is considering scrapping Richard Rogers' competition-winning entry for the Welsh Assembly building following a report in The Times that he is considering siting the assembly inside the existing Cardiff City Hall instead.

According to the article, Michael told Lord Callaghan, chair of the judging panel, that there would be a review. But a Welsh Office spokeswoman said that this was just one of a series of routine briefings that Michael has requested to bring him up to date. 'Michael is not reconsidering,' she said, but confirmed that he has arranged to meet some of the panel members.

Robin Nicholson who, with Ian Ritchie, is one of the two architect judges on the panel, said: 'It is no secret that Lord Callaghan has asked us to be on standby.'

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