HC Deb 17 February 1966 vol 724 cc280-1W
59. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he refused permission to the council of the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames to build the extension of their offices necessitated by the greater size and responsibilities of the borough resulting from the London Government Act; what estimate he made of the additional administrative and other costs resulting from dispersal and the renting of office space and other buildings; and what addition this will make to the rate burden on the citizens of the borough.

Mr. Darling

My right hon. Friend was not satisfied that suitable alternative accommodation could not be found. No estimate was made of extra cost because this is not the ground on which these matters have to be decided.