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Requisitioned Property

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Minister of Works how much space is under requisition at the addresses in the Abbey Division of which he has been informed; and what was the average number of staff employed there during each of the last three months.

33,800 square feet of space is under requisition in the premises referred to. The staff employed there on the 1st September, 1st October and 1st November numbered 334, 327, and 330 respectively.

asked the Minister of Works how much space is under requisition at the two addresses in Westminster of which he has been informed; how much is occupied; for how long the remainder has been unoccupied; and when it is intended to release this property for civilian use.

A total of 13,489 s.f. of space is held on requisition in the two buildings referred to. Of this 7,440 s.f. is occupied at present. The remainder has been unoccupied since August, 1944 and is now being progressively occupied. The property will be required for Government purposes for as long as I can foresee at present.

asked the Minister of Works what progress is being made with the derequisitioning of houses in Scotland at present occupied by the Services.

I am glad to say that considerable progress is being made. The total number of houses held on requisition by the three Service departments on the cessation of hostilities was respectively, Admiralty 420, War Department 310, Air Ministry 341. Of these the Admiralty has released to date 206, the War Department 83, the Air Ministry 108.