§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will list, by region, the number of new Government office blocks proposed to be built in the years 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1971–72 programmes, showing the Department for whom they are intended, the number of square feet of office space required in each case, the precise site position where known, and the dates by which they are intended for use.
§ Mr. Mellish
My Ministry at present proposes to start building the following new Government offices in England and Wales during the next three years.301W
The list includes the following major projects:—
Region Town Area of Buildings in sq.ft. Net Department Present Proposed Starting Date Proposed Completion Date N.W. … Crewe (Weston Road) 100,000 Department of Health and Social Security Computer Centre 1969–70 1971 N.W. … Manchester (Central) 600,000 (estimated) Inland Revenue Schedule E Computer Centre 1971–72 1974 N.E. … Newcastle (Longbenton) 210,000 Department of Health and Social Security Computer Centre 1969–70 1972 N.E. … Shipley (Westcliff Road) 450,000 Inland Revenue Schedule E Computer Centre 1970–71 1973 Wales … Newport (Tredegar Park) 240,000 Board of Trade—dispersed Business Statistics Office 1969–70 1973 Wales … Llanishen (Tyglas Road) 380,000 Inland Revenue Schedule E Computer Centre 1969–70 1972 Wales … Cardiff (Maindy Barracks) 140,000 Ministry of Defence/Army Department: dispersed Headquarters 1971–72 1973 South West … Bath (Foxhill Site) 700,000 Ministry of Defence/ Navy Department: dispersed Headquarters 1970–71 1977 E. … Peterborough (Westwood Airfield) 100,000 Department of Health and Social Security Computer Centre 1969–70 1971 London … Vauxhall Bridgefoot S.E.I 600,000 Government Headquarters Offices 1970–71 1975 London … Whitehall Redevelopment, S.W.I Phase I 600,000 Home Office To Be Determined
The other schemes are mainly local office buildings for various Ministries, including the Department of Health and Social Security, the Department of Employment and Productivity and Inland Revenue; each is due to be completed within about two years of starting.
The starting of all these schemes is subject to the availability of funds and progress on planning, and schemes programmed to start in one year may, in the event, be deferred.