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Maintenance Unit, Goring Heath

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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21.

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many omnibuses are used each day to bring employees to the site of 70 M.U., Goring Heath; what is the cost; and how many employees were carried in April.

Eleven omnibuses are used to bring employees to No. 70 Maintenance Unit. Eight of the eleven are Service vehicles. The cost is about £12 a day, of which approximately four-fifths is paid by the employees themselves. During April, the number of people using these omnibuses was about 320 a day.

22.

asked the Secretary of State for Air why vast dumps of material lie at the sides of the road at 70 M.U., Goring Heath.

No. 70 Maintenance Unit, Goring Heath, is a ground equipment depot. Unfortunately, there is not enough covered space for all the stores which the Unit has to hold; those which are least liable to deteriorate, therefore, are kept in the open. Where it is necessary tarpaulins are used.

23.

asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the number of civilian employees at 70 M.U., Goring Heath; the number of these housed in Government houses and the number occupying civilian residences; and whether recommendations have been made to the Henley Rural District Council to increase the allotment of council houses at Whitchurch.

Four hundred and eighty-four civilians are employed at No. 70 Maintenance Unit at Goring Heath. None of them live in Government-owned houses. My Department has not asked the Henley Rural District Council to allot more council houses at Whitchurch to people in Air Ministry employ.

asked the Secretary of State for Air the annual cost of 70 M.U., Goring Heath, indicating rent, maintenance and wages; and what was the capital cost of erecting the tin shanties.

The annual cost of No. 70 Maintenance Unit is as follows: Compensation rental, £100; maintenance, £5,000; salaries and wages, £125,000; total, £130,100. The cost of building the storage sheds was £200,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the number of R.A.F. police and Air Ministry wardens, respectively, allocated to 70 M.U. Goring Heath; the number of R.A.F. officers, other ranks and civilians employed there; and the estimated value of the goods stored.

The numbers at present employed at No. 70 Maintenance Unit are as follow; R.A.F. police, nil; Air Ministry constabulary, 27; R.A.F. officers, 10; airmen, 3; civilians, 484 (including 23 part-time). The value of the goods stored at this depot is about £2,000,000.