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Requisitioned Buildings, Grosvenor Square

Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Works why a notice of requisition has been served by his Department upon the owners of Nos. 33 and 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W.1.

These properties were urgently required by the European Co-operation Administration for use as office accommodation. Since no offer of a lease or tenancy could be obtained, except on terms which the Administration were legally precluded from accepting, and possession was urgently needed, the premises were requisitioned. If suitable terms of occupation can be agreed the requisition will be withdrawn.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that they say in Grosvenor-square that an Englishman must now have an American visa if he is to get into the square, even for the ownership of his own property?

People who say that in Grosvenor-square are obviously saying something that is not true.