Mr. A. T. DAVIES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions why the principal offices of the Disposals Board in France have been transferred from Boulogne to Paris; what rent is being paid for the new Paris offices: and what rent was paid for the Boulogne offices?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The transfer was made because it was considered that the principal offices would be more centrally and conveniently placed in Paris than in Boulogne. The proximity of the offices of the French Government and the principal French purchasers thus obtained has considerably facilitated the work of the organisation in France. The rent and charges arising in connection with the occupation of the present Paris offices are under £300 per month Also, three offices previously occupied in Paris, costing about £200 monthly, are now merged in the present premises. No rent was paid for Wimcreux Camp near Boulogne, but costs incidental to the occupation of the extensive encampment exceeded £1,200 per month.