HC Deb 15 December 1948 vol 459 cc145-6W
61. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the voluntary vacation by the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan of Empire House, Tokyo; and what steps has the British representative in Tokyo taken to maintain this building to house British trading firms and branches of the British Mission.

Mr. Bevin

I was informed in September that the British Commonwealth Occupation Force intended to vacate these offices. The head of the United Kingdom Liaison Mission at once took steps to discover whether any of the accommodation which would become vacant could be offered to commercial representatives from this country.

The Supreme Commander's General Headquarters have informed him that they require this particular office space for their own use but that conveniently situated premises, in another building, which is to be de-requisitioned and vacated by General Headquarters, are expected to be made available to private firms on 1st January. The offices in Empire House used by the United Kingdom Liaison Mission will remain at the disposal of the Mission.