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Government Offices (Air-Conditioning)

Volume 524: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the policy of Her Majesty's Government on the air-conditioning of Government-owned offices and buildings in those Colonies which lie within the tropics.

Would my hon. and learned Friend agree that it is now as cheap to build air-conditioned houses as those of the traditional type, and would he also agree that the efficiency of expatriates increases greatly with such modern scientific help?

I could not express an opinion as to whether the cost is the same. Obviously the cost of converting existing buildings is fairly heavy. My hon. Friend might be interested in "Colonial Building Notes," which sets out the methods of converting buildings to air-conditioning.