Building Research Unit (Baker Street Premises)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Minister of Works when his Department will vacate the flats in Baker Street at present occupied by the Building Operational Research Unit and rehouse that unit with the rest of the Building Research Station.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

I hope to move the Building Operations Research Unit to the Building Research Station before the lease of the Baker Street premises expires in June, 1960.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman do better than that? Surely it is time that we vacated these flats in Baker Street? Surely he recognises that the efficiency of this unit would be much improved if it were housed in the Building Research Station?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

There is no urgency about leaving these premises as the lease comes to an end only in June, 1960. As various parts of it become vacant we are removing elsewhere. We hope to begin building accommodation for this unit at the Building Research Establishment near Garston towards the end of 1958.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

Is the Minister not aware that hundreds of thousands of Londoners desperately want homes? How can he say that there is no urgency in this matter?