HC Deb 13 March 1940 vol 358 cc1182-3
41. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what further residences in Greenock he proposes to requisition; and whether he can now make a statement regarding the steps he has taken to provide sleeping accommodation for naval men who have to stay overnight in Greenock?

Mr. Shakespeare

The Admiralty does not intend at present to requisition any further residences at Greenock. With regard to the second part of the hon. and learned Member's Question, arrangements are in hand for the ground floor of the junior instructional centre at Greenock to be taken over to provide accommodation and recreational facilities. The consent of the county education authority has been obtained.

Mr. Gibson

Does the hon. Member not appreciate that the taking over of these premises will cause considerable inconvenience? Will he not consider the taking over of residences other than "Bagatelle," which is known to the hon. Member? For example, will he consider taking over "Balclutha" which is not far from "Bagatelle" and belonged to the late Mr. R. L. Scott and is, I understand, available? Would not such a residence be more suitable than the premises he suggests?

Mr. Shakespeare

If the hon. and learned Member will let me have particulars of those places I will have them inspected.