HC Deb 15 July 1969 vol 787 c378
1. Sir E. Errington

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what circumstances caused the unsatisfactory conditions of piping in the new tower building of the Army Catering Corps, Aldershot; when this will be put right; and at what cost.

The Minister of Public Building and Works (Mr. John Silkin)

We have found that the type of plastic piping used in the waste water disposal system of this building can be damaged by very hot water. As the building contains a large number of kitchens, the plastic piping must be replaced with metal pipes. The work will be put right at the same time as other work yet to be completed on the project, and is estimated to cost £38,000. The building will be occupied in March, 1970.

Sir E. Errington

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the top floor is completely unusable, although the lower floor can be used, and what steps is he taking to avoid this happening in the future?

Mr. Silkin

On the general construction of the building, there will be no delay in the ultimate completion of the work. In reply to the second part of the supplementary question, the matter is now being investigated, and I would not like at this stage to make any further comment.