HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 c2008
35. Mr. J. H. Hare

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what expenditure he has authorised on repairs, adaptations, additions and decorations to Whersted House, near Ipswich, since the property has come into the ownership of the Eastern Electricity Board.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

My predecessor issued five authorisations under the Defence Regulation 56A for the rehabilitation and extension of the Eastern Electricity Board's Headquarters at Wherstead, amounting in all to £111,500.

Mr. Hare

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that this huge sum of £111,000 spent on a property which I believe cost in the neighbourhood of only £12,000 was in fact justified? Will he be good enough to look into it and report further on whether he finds there is cause for complaint about what is really a huge sum for this purpose?

Mr. Lloyd

I am prepared to examine this matter, but I am not at this moment aware how much of this sum has already been spent.