HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 cc244-5W
121. Mr. Wadsworth

asked the Minister of Works why 42 flats in blocks 7, 8 and 9, Ashley Gardens, Thirleby Road, Westminster, are to be turned into offices against the wishes of the local authorities who wish to house at least 100 homeless people in them.

Mr. Durbin

These flats have been taken over by my Ministry from the War Department to be used temporarily to provide an office for Ministry of Food Headquarters who have to be moved out of Montagu House in Whitehall so that a new block of Government Offices can be erected there. I regret that it should be necessary to continue to use the flats as offices and I am anxious to end this situation as soon as I can, but at present my Ministry has more demands for office accommodation in London than it is able to meet.