HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 cc1902-3
10. Wing-Commander Millington

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty for what purpose his Department have requisitioned Oakley House farm, Bromley Common; on what date it was occupied by his Department for this purpose; and how soon he intends to release it to its owners for use in connection with the Pioneer Health Centre at Peckham.

9. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when he will release Oakley House, Bromley Common, for the use of the Peckham Pioneer Health Centre.

12. Sir Robert Young

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Peckham Health Centre has been derequisitioned and has resumed its work for the families who are its members for health purposes; that the use of Oakley House, Bromley Common, is a necessary adjunct to the success of its health work; and whether he will give an assurance that at an early date Oakley House will be returned to the health centre in aid of the work it is again doing for many people resident in the Peckham, London, area.

Mr. Dugdale

Oakley House has been converted by the Royal Navy as an Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Centre and is the only one they have It was requisitioned on 26th November, 1942 Very considerable alterations were required to fit it for its Naval purpose, and the first patients were received on 27th March, 1944. On 16th June, 1944, the premises were vacated because of bomb damage, and the rehabilitation centre transferred temporarily to St. Felix School, Southwold, until repairs were completed in June, 1945, when it was retransferred to Oakley House.

Search has been made for suitable alternative premises but so far none has been found. The work being done at this centre is important, and a considerable amount of money has been spent on the premises and costly equipment installed. I do, however, fully appreciate the desire of the owners to have them returned for their own health work, and my hon. Friend the Civil Lord is taking steps to see whether in fact a solution of the problem cannot be found.