HC Deb 03 July 1951 vol 489 cc2136-7
36. Mr. Walker-Smith

asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the prohibition of future office building for commercial purposes, he will accelerate the derequisitioning of office blocks.

Mr. G. Brown

No, Sir. The restriction on office building, to which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor referred in his statement on 21st June, is being applied to Government office building projects, the vast majority of which are designed to replace requisitioned premises. The curtailment of new Government office building will therefore inevitably slow down the derequisitioning of office blocks.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Is there no prospect of any addition to commercial office premises at all, and cannot the Government make some contribution by way of building their own requirements?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how his requirement link up with the Provision of new offices for the Ministry of Materials?