HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 c2549
12. Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that for the last year discussions have been taking place between the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Works relative to the release of the timber storage sheds of Messrs. Burt, Boulton and Haywood of Totton, Hampshire; that these discussions have still proved inconclusive; and whether in view of the urgent need for adequate timber storage space in this country he will take action to have these premises de-requisitioned forthwith.

Mr. Key

In consultation with the Board of Trade my Department has been trying for several months to find alternative premises for the Fire Service who are occupying the storage sheds. Accommodation is now being adapted for the purpose and it is hoped to release the storage sheds by August.

Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

The Minister says, "It is hoped." Can he give a more definite assurance than that? No doubt he realises that the release was promised in May last year, and that many vague promises such as the one the right hon. Gentleman has given this afternoon have been given. Can he give us something more definite now?

Mr. Key

No. I exhibit, in this matter, the one conservative characteristic I have of being careful about giving dates in advance.