Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions Office, Acton.

– in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is able to give the date when the pensions office at Acton will be completed and fully occupied: what the total number of staff will amount to; and what will have been, approximately, the cost of the building?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The building is now practically complete, and will be holding its full complement, a staff of 6,000, by the middle of May. It is difficult to give the cost until the outstanding claims of contractors have been received and examined, but it is expected that the total cost of the scheme, including the cost of the main building and of the hutting and the expenditure on furniture and removals, will not exceed £503,000.

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

As this is probably the largest office in the world, and in many ways the most complete, is it intended there should be a formal opening of it?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

No, Sir; not that I am aware of.