42. Lieut.-Colonel WHITE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, when it is anticipated that more suitable accommodation will be available for the office of His Majesty's Inspector of Taxes than 5, Talbot Street, Southport, where 35 officers are working in 11 small rooms, including attics and basement on four different floors of a converted dwelling-house; and whether, in view of the serious effect on the efficiency of the district which must result from a continuance of the present conditions, temporary arrangements can be made pending removal to suitable premises.
A scheme for the provision of more suitable accommodation for the staff in question is at present under discussion with the Commissioners of Inland Revenue; meantime, to improve the existing conditions, arrangements have been made to redecorate certain of the rooms and search is being made for temporary additional accommodation.
Do I gather from the reply that there is no intention of moving the building, the rooms in which are totally insufficient?
We are in search of suitable accommodation, and I hope we shall house comfortably all the staff.