HC Deb 10 June 1976 vol 912 cc741-2W
Mr. Peter Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department has ordered the demolition of the partially built telephone exchange in St. John's Street, Chester; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Armstrong

Tests have shown that construction of the partially built extension of the telephone exchange at Chester has not been carried out in conformity with the drawings and specification. Acting on the advice of the Property Services Agency and its own professional advisers that the structure is not fit for its design purpose and that the safety of any occupants of the building could not be assured, the Post Office has therefore authorised the PSA to arrange for the demolition of at least the first and second floors. Work is due to start on 14th June.