New Building, Theobald's Road

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th November 1949.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 7th November 1949

asked the Minister of Works the superficial area in feet of the new building in Theobald's Road, Holborn, about to be occupied by the Board of Trade; what is the number of people it is designed to accommodate; and, in view of the economic and housing situation, if he will consider abandoning this scheme.

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

This building has a superficial area of 135,000 square feet, excluding storage space, and will accommodate approximately 1,600 people. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Why provide accommodation for some 1,600 bureaucratic drones when there are more than 2,000 worker bee families in the Orpington division waiting for homes? Will the Minister try to get the Minister of Health to reverse his decision as to the issuing of licences?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

The Question only asked what was the superficial area.