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Government Offices (Heating)

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that Government offices in general are excessively heated; and if he will inquire into this matter, with a view to reducing the temperature of such offices, both in the interest of the health and well-being of the officials occupying them and for the purpose of saving fuel.

As in the Palace of Westminster overheating occurs from time to time, but Government offices in general are heated only to the minimum standard of 60 degrees laid down in the Factories Act, 1937. I made special arrangements for economies in fuel consumption by Government Departments this winter. These arrangements, coupled with the mild weather in the first half of the winter, have saved fuel in comparison with former years.