HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc14-5W
71. Mr. Dodds

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the concern arising from the loss of rates by the Crayford Urban District Council, amounting to about 8 per cent. of the council's rate income, resulting from the purchase of a factory in Thames Road, Crayford, for a supplies depôt on 14th February, 1964, and the length of time it is taking for his Department to occupy it; how many people are now working there; what they are doing; and if he will give as much information as possible about the plans for this supplies depôt for the remainder of this year.

Mr. Benn

Yes. We have not yet been able to assume beneficial occupation of the Supplies Depôt at Crayford because we must still substantially adapt the premises to meet our special needs and complete our negotiations with the staff.

I hope that we shall start moving in by the late summer of this year and complete occupation during 1966. The provision of housing for the staff will help us to achieve this timetable.