HC Deb 09 November 1954 vol 532 cc1018-9
15. Mr. H. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for War what progress is being made on the building of new accommodation in Brighton for the Royal Engineers Records Office; and when the War Department will be vacating the huts on the Level at Brighton.

Mr. Head

We are going to build new accommodation for them. In addition, we are negotiating for a property which has just come on to the market into which these men in huts on the Level could go meanwhile.

Mr. Johnson

Can my right hon. Friend fix a date when either of these two events will occur? Is he aware that this continued requisitioning over about 12 years is depriving schoolchildren of Brighton, living in a very congested area, of a playing ground? Is he also aware, as an employer of labour, that these huts are totally unfit for the R.E. personnel to work in, and that these men need adequate and decent sanitary surroundings?

Mr. Head

I quite agree that the sooner this comes to an end the better.