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Royal Arsenal, Woolwich (Allocation Of Buildings)

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now make a statement on further developments in the reorganisation of the Woolwich Arsenal site; whether decisions have been made on any additional Government Departments being moved into the area; and, in particular, whether a decision has been made to re-locate the Royal Mint on the Woolwich Arsenal site.

Discussions on the allocation of buildings to establishments which are to be accommodated in the Government enclaves will be concluded shortly. Agreement has been reached with the Greater London Council for the sale, subject to contract, of over 1,000 acres of land which are surplus to Government requirements while I expect negotiations to be opened shortly with the London Borough of Greenwich for the sale of a further 18 acres.My right hon. Friend the Minister of Public Building and Works will not now require accommodation for the establishment of his Department which is being transferred from Kidbrook and this will free a further 13 acres in the Eastern area for re-allocation or disposal: no decision has been made to re-locate the Royal Mint on the Arsenal site.