§ MR. HANBURY
I beg to ask the Postmaster General what sum has been spent upon the Money Order Office, lately Coldbath Fields Prison, since it was pronounced by the official surveyor to be fit for occupation; what portion of this was expended upon sanitary alterations; and whether it is intended to incur further expenditure with this object?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. A. MORLEY, Nottingham, E.)
This is rather a question for the Office of Works, but, so far as I am aware, the cost of adapting and fitting up the Money Order Office in the first instance was £2,200, of which £320 was spent on additional gas lights and warming apparatus after the staff had moved in. Since then £180 has been spent on extending the warming apparatus, and possibly some additional expenditure has been incurred, but I am unable to give exact figures. The hon. Member is probably aware that I have appointed a Commission to inquire into the allegation as to the sanitary condition of the office, and until I receive their Report I am unable to answer the last paragraph.