HC Deb 23 October 1945 vol 414 cc1957-8W
Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Works how many buildings have been requisitioned by his Department, which have been empty for the past six months, in Greater London, England other than Greater London, Scotland and Wales, respectively.

Mr. Tomlinson

My Department hold on requisition the following buildings which have been empty for the past six months:

Greater London 199
England (other than Greater London) 16
Scotland 3
Wales 2

Most of these buildings are waiting for the necessary labour to be available for their repair or adaptation for office use, in order that the Ministry may be able to release flats or office buildings at present occupied by Government staffs.

Colonel Clarke

asked the Minister of Works whether he proposes to retain the wireless station at Kings Standing on Ash-down Forest permanently; and, if so, whether, in conjunction with the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, steps will be taken to procure an equivalent area of land in substitution for that taken from the Common.

Mr. Tomlinson

The land in question was formally requisitioned by my Department on behalf of the Foreign Office and is still in use. I understand that the future of the wireless station there is under consideration. The suggestion in the latter part of the question is being kept in mind.

Mr. Pritt

asked the Minister of Works, approximately, how many establishments capable of accommodating 500 men or more he has had at his disposal at any time since the ending of hostilities.

Mr. Tomlinson

I am having inquiry made and will communicate with the hon. and learned Member as soon as possible.