HC Deb 11 December 1945 vol 417 c198
36. Commander Noble

asked the Secretary of State for War what are the units which are necessarily accommodated in London, thereby preventing the derequisitioning of premises in Chelsea.

Mr. Lawson

As the answer is necessarily rather long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the Official Report.

Commander Noble

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of these premises are small houses which are in very great demand at present?

Following is the answer:

I assume the hon. and gallant Member does not want a detailed list of all the units— including many small detachments — which arc still accommodated in London. I can assure him that these units are under constant review to see whether their presence in London is still necessary. The major units in Chelsea are:

The Air Trooping Centre, London District Assembly Centre, War Office M.T. Company, a Military Collecting Unit, Leave Hostels, Camp Reception Station and various A.T.S. units employed in London District and at the War Office.

Essential work now being carried out by the units in London includes repair of bomb damage, removing air raid protections, assisting the General Post Office, erecting prefabricated houses and work for the community at large in addition to finding staffs for air trooping, leave and transit centres, and the several Military Headquarters whose units are still maintained in London.