§ 6. Mr. CASSEL
asked whether the St. Catherine's Home and Refuge for Friendless and Fallen Girls were lessees from the Commissioners of Woods and Forests of No. 36, Osnaburgh Street, Regent's Park; and whether the Commissioners recently, as a condition for the renewal of the lease expiring in July, 1914, have not only insisted on an increase in the rent of 900 per cent., but an expenditure by this charity on buildings of £3,250, and the payment down of £325 as a cash deposit?
§ Mr. HERBERT LEWIS
The St. Catherine's Home acquired some years ago a lease of No. 36, Osnaburgh Street, that had been granted under an agreement made in 1815 at £5 a year, an apportioned part of a rent agreed for a large area of land on part of which this house was built. The premises with other adjoining houses require rebuilding, and the sites should be rearranged. The home has been offered a new building lease of the site of the adjoining house, and of about half the site of No. 36, at £50 a year, which the Commissioner of Woods is advised is the fair value of the new site. The arrangement includes an expenditure by the home of £3,250, the amount required for the erection of a new building, and, as is usual, a temporary deposit (£325) has been asked for, but will be repaid on completion of the building.
§ Mr. CASSEL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the severity of the terms imposed upon this charity is owing to the fact that it has been compelled to be removed from the district, and cannot the Government see some way of showing some consideration when dealing with a charity?
§ Sir HENRY CRAIK
Could terms equally favourable not have been granted 1378 to this charity as those which were granted to Bedford College, of which the Lord Chancellor is president?
§ Mr. BARNES
Has any good cause been shown why this charity should be dealt with differently than any other society?