§ Mr. William Yates
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what will be the total cost to public funds if the establishment at Overley Hill, which is valued at £500,000 and contains X-ray and special cold storage equipment, is abandoned and transferred to a shed at Woolwich.
§ Mr. Mulley
The cost of re-providing the necessary facilities in suitably adapted buildings at Woolwich would be approximately £45,000 and there would in addition be costs, which it is impossible to estimate accurately at present, arising from the payment of transfer and other allowances to staff who were transferred. A book valuation of the buildings, plant, machinery and equipment at Overley Hill on 31st March last year was put at £240,384: it is estimated that the transfer of the establishment would result in savings in running costs of about £25,000 a year.