HC Deb 28 May 1946 vol 423 cc965-6
15. Brigadier Low

asked the Minister of Works if he will state which Depart- ment or branches of Departments are at present in occupation of Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, Westminster; the number of staff in each case; to what extent any part of the leased buildings is at present unoccupied; how many additional persons could be accommodated; who occupies the part of the buildings not under lease to the Government; and whether he will consider initiating arrangements to secure the full occupation of these buildings by the Ministry of Pensions at an early date so as to provide accommodation for the staff of that Department who have been away from their homes in London for over six and a half years.

Mr. Tomlinson

As the answer is long and contains a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

The whole of Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Sanctuary Buildings is leased by my Department. The accommodation is occupied as follows:

Private Branch Telephone Exchange. 543 s.f.
Admiralty 21,425 s.f. 247
Privy Council Library 1,234 s.f.
National Savings Committee. 26,078 s.f. 147
Ministry of Pensions Headquarters. 37,022 s.f. 253
Ministry of Pensions Region. 34,996 s.f. 280
Ministry of Works 6,434 s.f. 28+21*
Foreign Office Library 8,614 s.f. 36
Foreign Office Passport 874 s.f.
Society for Overseas Settlement of British Women. 1,125 s.f. 10
Stationery Office 1,255 s.f. 7
Development Commission 4,033 s.f. 21
Temporarily vacant 1,930 s.f.
Society of Civil Servants (sublet). 1,826 s.f.
147,389 s.f.
* 21 staff, Industrial.
† Staff not known.

I cannot give any undertaking concerning the allocation of further space to the Ministry of Pensions staffs referred to in the Question.