HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2285
29. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Works when premises at 17–21, Claremont Road, Surbiton, were first taken over by the Ministry of National Insurance; for what purpose; what was the value of the work done to these premises on behalf of the Ministry of National Insurance; what is the rent now paid; and for what purpose they are now used.

Mr. Stokes

These premises were taken over by my Ministry on 12th November, 1947, and adapted at a cost of £2,169 for the use of the Ministry of National Insurance as a local office. It is not the practice to disclose rents paid for premises by the Ministry. The premises were derequisitioned on 18th January, 1951.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how long the Ministry of National Insurance were in occupation?

Mr. Stokes

I think about two years, but I am not quite sure.

Mr. Harrison

Can my right hon. Friend tell us whether, when he derequisitions this sort of property, he gives the local authority the first chance of purchasing it?

Mr. Stokes

I do not know, Sir.