HC Deb 12 November 1969 vol 791 cc384-5
7 and 8. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works I what has been the cost so far to the nearest convenient date of the building in which is situated the Southern Regional Headquarters of the Land Commission at Reading;

(2) by how much the Headquarters of the Southern Region of the Land Commission at Reading has been reduced consequent upon the 25 per cent. reduction in staff.

Mr. Loughlin

The cost of the accommodation was about £125,000 up to 31st March last. Nearly 7,000 sq. ft. has been surrendered this year; this is a reduction of about 40 per cent.

Mr. van Straubenzee

I thank the hon. Gentleman for indicating that very healthy trend. Will he accept my gratitude for showing at regional level what a marked economy will arise when this Land Commission is abolished by the next Government? [interruption.] It is no laughing matter.

Mr. Loughlin

The hon. Gentleman must not misunderstand my laughter. It was caused by the double-barbed compliment that he paid me. I do not think I should get involved in an argument of this kind.

Mr. John Lee

Is my hon. Friend aware that what we want is some encouragement to the Land Commission to get on with the job of acquiring as much land as possible?

Mr. Loughlin

Yes, Sir.