HC Deb 17 July 1913 vol 55 c1413
24. Mr. KING

asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether Stafford House is now in the possession of His Majesty's Government; how soon it will be reopened; whether any alterations are necessary; and, if so, whether they will be submitted to the House for approval?

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)

Possession of Stafford House has already been given to His Majesty's Government, and no delay will occur in moving thither the collections of the London Museum. The First Commissioner is informed that no great structural alteration is necessary, and in any case he would not approve important changes without submitting them to this House. He regrets that he is not yet able to fix a definite date for the reopening of the museum, though he hopes it may be 1st December.


Is Stafford House to be used for the entertainment of visitors—is that the intention of the Government?


I shall be glad if the hon. Gentleman will put a question down on the subject.