HC Deb 16 July 1923 vol 166 cc1876-7
72. Mr. POTTS

asked the Minister of Pensions whether the Yorkshire regional headquarters of the Ministry of Pensions is to be transferred to Newcastle; if he will state the population in the present Yorkshire area and the population in the northern area which is at present administered from Newcastle; whether the population in the Yorkshire area is approximately nearly double that of the northern; and, if it is eventually intended to administer the entire North of England from one centre, will he consider whether Leeds would offer a balance of advantages?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative; to the second and third parts, that the population of the Yorkshire and northern regions, according to the Census of 1921, is 3,917,713 and 2,754,487 respectively; and to the last part that it is not in contemplation to administer the entire North of England from one centre.


Does not the building used belong to the State or His Majesty, and has it not been looked upon as a white elephant in Newcastle-on-Tyne?

Captain CRAIG

I am afraid I cannot tell to whom the building belongs, but I understand that for pensions purposes it is a very much better building than the one at Leeds.