HC Deb 24 June 1919 vol 117 c44W

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, seeing that the permanent premises of His Majesty's Stationery Office in Stamford Street have now been completed and occupied by that Department, he will state what is proposed to be done with the obsolete premises which the Department occupied situated at the back of Westminster Hospital; and whether he has considered the advisability in the interests of public economy, of disposing of that site and realising the large sum of money which the site would produce and whereon suitable and valuable rate-producing premises might be erected?


In answer to the first part of the question, the premises, which were erected for His Majesty's Stationery Office and His Majesty's Office of Works in Stamford Street, and were utilised during the War as the King George Hospital, have never been occupied by the Stationery Office, but are about to be occupied by the staffs of various Departments, in order to release important hotels. I have considered the possibility of a sale of the site in question, but, in view of the uncertain requirements of Government accommodation at the present time, I am disinclined to dispose of a site so useful for Government buildings, nor can there be any question of sale until the Stationery Office are housed in some other building.