§ Mr. Touche
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings why permission has been given 41W for the rebuilding of a news cinema at Victoria Station when labour and building materials are urgently required for more important purposes?
§ Mr. Hicks
Only the entrance was damaged and the repair work has been kept down to a minimum, salvaged materials being used as far as possible. The cinema provides relaxation and entertainment for the travelling public, who frequently have long periods to wait at the station in war-time conditions and who include large numbers of His Majesty's Forces. It was for this reason that a licence was granted.