HC Deb 17 March 1884 vol 286 c19

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether it is not the case that there is now a Custom House conveniently situated and in close proximity to the Railway station at Shoreham, holden for an unexpired term of three years at a rent of eighty guineas per annum; and, whether it is true that it is the intention of the Government immediately to erect another Custom House at Kingston at a distance of upwards of a mile from the station, and why?


Sir, in order to follow a change in the course of trade the head office of the Customs has been removed from Shoreham to Kingston. This rendered the present Custom House at Shoreham superfluous, but necessitated additional accommodation at Kingston. The new building at the latter place will take about a year to finish, and the lease of the present one expires in 1886, so that we are not in danger of having both on our hands at once for any appreciable time.