§ SIR JOHN ROLLESTON (Leicester)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for Chorley, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if he will explain the proposed purchase of a house in Abingdon Street for £10,000, as provided in the Estimates for 1905–6.
§ LORD BALCARRES
The arrangement with the County Council will be understood if my hon. friend will refer to Section 8, Sub-sections 9 to 12, of the London County Council Improvements Act, 1900, together with the deposited signed plan referred to in the section. For the widening of Abingdon Street at its northern end, the front portions, at least, of the five houses at the top of the street have to be removed; No. 29 is the fourth of these, and the only one not already belonging to Government. The acquisition of the site, minus the small part thrown into the street, will complete a valuable block of property.