§ 9. Rear-Admiral SUETER
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will, in the interests of economy, make a fresh examination of the office accommodation of his Department for the purpose of inviting a transfer into the Admiralty of staff from cognate Government offices as has been done by the Board of Trade, which has resulted in the transfer of 170 persons from the Mercantile Marine Department, Great Smith Street, into the building at Storey's Gate?
§ The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. A. V. Alexander)
The provision of office accommodation is primarily the function of my right hon. Friend the First Commissioner of Works, but in collaboration with his Department we have this autumn undertaken a re-allocation of the Admiralty staff, which was required owing to the condemnation of derelict temporary buildings erected during the War and the lease of part of the new Bank building in Whitehall. This has enabled us to transfer 294 persons into the main Whitehall buildings from offices in Kingsway.