HC Deb 11 February 1943 vol 386 c1437
40. Flight-Lieutenant Sir Gifford Fox

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in a small town, of which the facts have been sent to him, the National Fire Service has commandeered the only large garage, to the great inconvenience of residents in the district; that alternative buildings were available for a repair shop such as is needed; that the contemplated alterations will cost about £2,000; and whether he will further investigate the need for this outlay?

Mr. H. Morrison

I regret the necessity for taking this garage for National Fire Service purposes. This course was taken only after extensive search had been made, in vain, for suitable accommodation elsewhere, and after full consultation with the Factory and Storage Control Department of the Board of Trade and the Ministry of War Transport as to the availability of alternative accommodation which would serve the purpose. I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that there is very real and urgent need for a National Fire Service workshop in the district, and I understand that other garages are available not far away for the garaging and parking of private cars. I am having inquiry made as to the extent and the probable cost of any alterations to the premises that may be necessary, but I understand they are not expected to reach the figure mentioned.

Sir G. Fox

Will my right hon. Friend consider whether it is necessary to put a central heating system into this garage?

Mr. Morrison

I could not answer that point of detail without notice.