Building Licence, London House

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 November 1949.

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Photo of Dr Santo Jeger Dr Santo Jeger , St Pancras South East 12:00, 28 November 1949

asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the need for economy in building, he will review the licences granted to the Dominion Students Hall Trust to build an extension to London House containing a swimming pool, a rifle range and squash courts at a cost of £1,100,000.

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

No, Sir. The work is already in progress and I am not prepared to withdraw the licence.

Photo of Dr Santo Jeger Dr Santo Jeger , St Pancras South East

Is the Minister not aware that this scheme involves the destruction of a good deal of expensive repaired housing accommodation; and will he therefore decline to issue further similar licences until the housing shortage has been considerably relieved?

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

There is no question of issuing further licences. It is a question of whether this one shall continue.