Office Site, Colwyn Bay.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

asked the Minister of Agriculture why his Department agreed to sanction the use of good agricultural land at Colwyn Bay for the purpose of constructing offices for a Government Department when derelict building land, properly sewered, is available in the borough, apart from vacant residences which could be utilised?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

My right hon. Friend agreed to the use of this site only after all efforts to obtain a suitable alternative site on land of lower agricultural value had failed. The derelict land was too small in area for the particular Department's requirements.

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

Is it not a fact that the Land Commissioner and the chief executive officer of the war agricultural committee recommended another site of no agricultural value? How is it that the Minister sanctioned the use of good land when existing buildings are available which could be made suitable?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

The hon. Gentleman has already learned from my right hon. Friend that alternative sites had been examined.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

May we take it that the building of offices at Colwyn Bay means the beginning of granting Home Rule to the Principality?