HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 cc1621-2
22 and 29. Colonel McCALMONT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War (1) whether, before it was decided to take over the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, the responsible Department of the War Office was aware that it was the largest hotel in the city; whether he will give the date of taking over and the number of weeks that elapsed before use was made of the accommodation; whether the accommodation has yet been fully used, and, if so, for how many nights; whether any ground for drill or training has been found near the building, and, if so, at what distance; whether he is satisfied that the whole transaction has proved a satisfactory one in the public interest; (2) whether he will state the monthly cost to the public of the taking over of the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast; from what date is payment due; and how much has been paid to the proprietors up to date?


I regret that the inquiries which are necessary to enable me to answer these questions are not yet complete, but I will write to my hon. and gallant Friend as soon as possible.