§ Mr. F. Noel-Baker
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the land requirements of the Territorial Army in the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick have now been worked out; and whether his Department will now release Boston Lodge, Brentford, for sale to the Borough Council, in view of the acute local housing shortage.
§ Mr. Shinwell
The land requirements of the Middlesex Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association in the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick are not as yet fully met, and it is, therefore, necessary in the interests of the Territorial Army to retain Boston Lodge, Brentford. Accommodation for a further unit, a formation headquarters and married quarters for the permanent staff, will shortly be erected in the grounds of Boston Lodge, which, together with the units' specialised equipment, will use all the available space. It will be, therefore, impossible to give up Boston Lodge to the Brentford and Chiswick Borough Council, unless the council can offer an alternative site in the same locality to my Department in the very near future, as suggested in reply to a similar Question by my predecessor on 13th March, 1947.