HC Deb 24 July 1941 vol 373 cc1049-50
33. Mr. Lambert

asked the Home Secretary when the contract for building a new police station at Torquay was signed; what was the approximate date of completion; what is the present position of material and labour supply on the site; and whether he will arrange to omit the provision of a billiards room from the proposed structure during the present crisis?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am informed that the contract was signed in April of this year, and the approximate date of completion is 26th April, 1942. The necessary material is available; as regards labour, the work is at present confined to the foundations, and there are 10 or 11 labourers working. It would be impossible to omit the room designated as a billiard room, which it is intended during the war shall be used as a dormitory.

Mr. Lambert

In view of the scarcity of labour, will the right hon. Gentleman keep this matter under review?

Mr. Morrison

I have answered that point in my answer.

34. Mr. Lambert

asked the Home Secretary what progress has been made with the new police station at Totnes that he ordered the Standing Joint Committee of Devon to build on 21st December last; what labour and material are available; and when the structure is likely to be completed?

Mr. Morrison

Arrangements are being made for work on the new building which I have sanctioned to be commenced as soon as possible. As previously explained in the plans for the allocation of labour and material, provision has been made for essential police buildings.