The Mahatma Gandhi statue is a 16-foot (4.9 m) tall bronze statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi located in the vicinity of the Parliament of India in New Delhi. Designed by Ram Suta, it was inaugurated in 1993 and has become iconic as a site for protests by members of the Indian Parliament. In July 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, George Osborne, announced during a visit to India that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be installed in Parliament Square in Westminster. He hoped that this new memorial will be a lasting and fitting tribute to his memory in Britain and a lasting monument to our friendship with India. At the same time, it was announced that sculptor Philip Jackson had been asked to create the statue. He previously designed the statue of the Queen Mother, the RAF Bomber Command Memorial, and the statue of Bobby Moore. Planning permission was granted by Westminster City Council in November of that year.