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Dhss Office, Kirkby

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if, in view of the present condition of the Department of Health and Social Security office in Kirkby and of the fact that construction of a new office will help the local employment situation, he will authorise the building of the new office now;(2) when a start is to be made on the new Department of Health and Social Security office in Kirkby;(3) why the new office for the DHSS in Kirkby is not among the 180 national schemes that have been given the go-ahead.

I hope that, funds permitting, work on the new DHSS office in Kirkby can start in June 1978. It cannot start sooner because the detailed architectural design work is not yet complete. Unlike the schemes exempted from the one-year deferment of new contracts, it was not in the original 1977–78 programme.