HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 c2546
3. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Works if he will give details of the building materials supplied to the Communist offices at the corner of King Street and Bedford Street, Strand, during the last two years to date; and, in view of the acute demand for housing material why priority was given to any of these supplies.

Mr. Key

Licences were granted mainly for essential repairs and fire protection required by the London County Council. I cannot give details of the materials actually supplied. Priority was granted for the supply of certain materials in order that the work should not come to a stop.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of recent developments, will His Majesty's Government show that they mean real business about this Communist menace and requisition this property and hand it over to business firms?

Mr. Speaker

That does not affect the real business.

Mr. Molson

May I ask whether the Minister of Works thinks it extremely desirable that there should be a fire in this building?