HC Deb 01 May 1940 vol 360 cc723-4W
Sir S. Reed

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, when Brasenose College was taken over by the Government; what use has been made of it up to the present time; and what is the cost to the State of the reservation of the college to the end of March?

Sir J. Edmondson

I have been asked to reply. Brasenose College was requisitioned in September, 1939, and, though circumstances have not necessitated its occupation up to the present, it is being held for an important purpose against possible contingencies. The cost to the State to the end of March cannot yet be stated, as the rental compensation due under Section 2 (1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act remains to be settled, and the Government's liability for domestic and other services undertaken by the college is the subject of negotiation.