HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 c664W
Mr. Groves

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware ťhat work in connection with the provision of an air raid shelter for the staff of His Majesty's Inspector of Taxes, at Cranbrook House, 22A, Cranbrook Road, Ilford, has been at a standstill since the end of Augusť owing to the fact that the builder is unable to obtain the necessary steel-work; and whether he will take steps to see that the builder receives the necessary supplies as soon as possible, in view of the vulnerability of this area?

Mr. Ramsbotham

The Inland Revenue staffs in occupation of a part hiring of these premises number 33. Under the Civil Defence Act the responsibility for providing an air-raid shelter rests upon the landlords. I undersťand that their contractors had to stop work on many of their jobs, including the work at Cranbrook House, for want of steel: buť that supplies are now coming forward which should enable these works to be resumed.

Sir H. Williams

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can state the plans of his Department for affording blast and splinter protection to the Inland Revenue staff at 7 and 8, Park Street, Croydon; and when he proposes to put the work in hand in view of the fact that Croydon is in a vulnerable area?

Mr. Ramsbotham

A staff of 82 occupies these leased premises. Plans and estimates have been prepared to strengthen the basement of the building. and it is hoped to put the work in hand shortly.