HC Deb 05 June 1945 vol 411 cc699-700W
Major Conant

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production what arrangements are being made for the release of premises, hotels and private houses occupied by his Ministry or by firms working for him in the town of Malvern.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Most of the premises, hotels and private houses held by my Department at Malvern are occupied by the Telecommunications Research Establishment, whose work has been of vital importance to the success of our air effort in the European theatre. The Establishment has an equally important part to play in the offensive against Japan, and while arrangements are being made to release the Boys' College as soon as alternative accommodation can be provided, it is necessary that the Establishment should remain at Malvern at least until the final conclusion of hostilities. I regret, therefore, that there is little prospect of giving up in the near future any of the hotels, private houses, etc., at present occupied by personnel of the Establishment, but if my hon. Friend has in mind any particular premises that he thinks it is especially desirable to release and will give me a note of them, I will certainly consider whether such release is possible. Certain factory premises at Malvern, held under requisi- tion on behalf of firms working for my Department, will be released within the next few months.