HC Deb 15 February 1965 vol 706 c829
18. Mr. William Yates

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to close the War Office establishment at Overley Hill and reverse the policy of contraction at Woolwich, by transferring the Overley Hill office there; and if he will give the cost of improvements at Overley Hill for 1963 and 1964, which will be wasted.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army (Mr. G. W. Reynolds)

My right hon. Friend is considering the possibility of transferring work at present done at Overley Hill to Woolwich Arsenal and hopes to make an announcement very shortly. There has been no expenditure during 1963 and 1964 on improvements to the buildings at Overley Hill.

Mr. Yates

Having had the pleasure of visiting Overley Hill and while wishing to congratulate the Department on the improvements which have been made, would the right hon. Gentleman be kind enough to take the necessary steps and answer my Question on another occasion?

Mr. Reynolds

It is hoped to make an announcement in the near future, when the hon. Gentleman will be informed.