§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he is aware of the excess of new office building in the central London area, and that many of these buildings are standing empty and unlet for many months; and what new proposals he has to control or limit new office building in the central London area.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The Government have already taken action to limit the growth of office employment in the central London area. An important contribution was made by the Town and Country Planning Act, 1963; and the Government have set up the Location of Offices Bureau to encourage firms to move out of London and to advise them how best to do this. The results of the Bureau's work so far are encouraging, and it is too early to conclude that stronger measures need to be taken.