HC Deb 14 October 1942 vol 383 cc1651-2W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning with what tonnage of fuel it is proposed to stock the bunks at the new Government offices at Camden Park, Tunbridge Wells, where accommodation for some 450 clerks is provided; whether he has any information to controvert expert opinion on the spot that it is impossible to heat a building of this form and structure with economy; whether he is aware that the shading over all the windows in this building will increase the use of artificial light; and why this shading has been done, seeing that adequate blackout curtains have been provided?

Mr. Hicks

The building is of a temporary war-time design and it is recognised that the heat loss from such a building is greater than that from a permanent office block of more substantial construction. This type of construction is justified by the temporary nature of the requirement and the saving in labour and materials. The heating arrangements are as economical as practicable. The capacity of the bunkers is about 200 tons of coke, the present stock being about 195 tons. A reserve of fuel has been accumulated at these premises during the summer, thus releasing transport for winter deliveries to other premises with limited storage. Scrim has been fixed to the windows to protect the occupants against flying glass. This material, which is of no value for blackout, has little effect on the natural lighting of the rooms which, at this building, is exceptionally good.