HC Deb 22 May 1884 vol 288 cc1011-2

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the War Department has recently disposed of a valuable piece of land at Southsea, on which it is proposed to erect a Liberal Club; if so, whether the land was sold by public auction or after invitation of tenders; and, whether the Department is prepared to offer similar facilities for the acquisition of sites for the erection of a Conservative or other political Club at Portsmouth?


A building called Hampshire House, at Portsmouth, being no longer required by the War Department, has been sold, on the recommendation of the General Officer Commanding at Portsmouth, at a valuation to Mr. Alderman King, who in his application stated that he wished to purchase the house on behalf of the Committee of a Club. There was nothing in the correspondence to show that this Club was to be of a political character. The Department has not offered special facilities in this case to any particular Association. They have sold the land at the price at which it was valued by Messrs. Clutton.