asked the Minister of Works why, in view of the shortage in Coventry of dwelling-houses and shops, he has sanctioned the erection of a semi-permanent structure to be used by the National Savings Committee, in the centre of the town, when a service hut would have sufficed; what is the cost of this building; and how long is it intended to remain on this site.
The National Savings Committee was previously housed in accommodation placed at its disposal rent free. As this accommodation was no longer available, and no alternative offices could be obtained, it was decided to erect a standard hut for the use of the Committee. I am advised that a Service hut would not have cost less to adapt and erect and would not have provided satisfactory accommodation. The hut, which was estimated to cost £620, will be required so long as the National Savings Committee continues to function.