HC Deb 25 March 1960 vol 620 cc81-2W
Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what is the total area of office accommodation in Central London envisaged when buildings now planned and under construction are completed; and what is the comparable figure for 1939.

Mr. H. Brooke

The nearest figures I can give are estimates made by the London County Council that in 1957 there was about 100 million sq. ft. net of office space available in existing buildings in Central London. It is estimated that by mid-1959 buildings providing about 6 million additional sq. ft. had been built, and that others providing about 9 million sq. ft. were in course of erection. From these figures no deduction has been made for the amount of office space demolished to make room for new buildings, as no precise information is available. The only figures available for 1939 are for the City of London, where 376 million sq. ft. of office space was then available, over 6 million sq. ft. of which was subsequently lost through enemy action.

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