§ Mr. J. Idwal Jones
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a further statement about the control of office building.
§ Mr. Jay
An office development permit will be needed for building or rebuilding which involves the provision of office space, whether or not it is in an office building, for example, office space in a warehouse, shop or factory building, as well as for the change of use of existing premises to office space. In the case of factories within the Greater London Council area, however, for which planning permission covering both industrial and office floor space was given before 5th November, and for which the Board of Trade had granted an industrial development certificate in respect of the industrial floor space, a permit will not be required in respect of the office floor space.
Planning permission, for this purpose and for the purpose of the other exemptions referred to in the statement by the First Secretary of State on 4th November, means either an outline or a detailed planning permission.
Applications for office development permits cannot yet be considered; I shall make a further statement as soon as possible.