HC Deb 15 March 1945 vol 409 cc393-4
55. Sir Leonard Lyle

asked the Minister of Agriculture how much longer it is proposed that the Ordnance Survey should keep as offices a 12-roomed house in Christchurch Road, Boscombe; whether, in view of the shortage of housing accommodation in Bournemouth, he will release this property at the earliest opportunity; and what effort has been made during the war to arrange for the Ordnance Survey staff to carry out their work under conditions similar to those obtaining in the fighting Services, as in the case of Naval survey work.

Mr. Hudson

The work that is being carried out by the Ordnance Survey staff at Bournemouth is experimental work preparatory to the post-war re-survey of this country which is necessary in order that up to date maps may be available for the various post-war planning and housing schemes. The staff employed at Bournemouth are unsuitable for work under active service conditions. It is estimated that the accommodation will be required for another 12 months.

Sir L. Lyle

Are not a lot of these people who are engaged in Ordnance Survey work learners, and do they not come into the gardens and houses of a lot of my constituents and upset them very greatly?

Sir Herbert Williams

Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that on these new maps all the properties still requisitioned by the Government shall be marked in red?

Sir L. Lyle

May I ask for a reply on the question of whether these are not learners?