Admiralty House

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 10th May 1965

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what decision has now been made on the future of Admiralty House.

Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West

No final decision has been taken.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

How much more delay will there be before the right hon. Gentleman comes to a decision? Many of us are anxious to know whether the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs will move into Admiralty House since he is all at sea or whether he will be moved into Steel House.

Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West

I take it that part of that supplementary question is completely out of order. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] I cannot understand the enthusiasm or solicitude of hon. Members opposite for the comfort of the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the delay in coming to a decision about the future of Admiralty House is because the previous occupant left such a mess behind?

Photo of Mr Julian Snow Mr Julian Snow , Lichfield and Tamworth

When my right hon. Friend comes to a decision, will he be good enough to bear in mind the importance of keeping together the extremely valuable and historical collection of furniture in Admiralty House?

Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West

Questions about the tenant for Admiralty House are not for me but for the Prime Minister.

Photo of Sir Rolf Williams Sir Rolf Williams , Exeter

Is not the real reason for the delay that the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs may find that he is without a job and that someone is installed in his place within a short time?