HC Deb 10 August 1920 vol 133 cc227-8
62. Mr. LORDEN

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as the Senate of London University have not accepted the offer of the Government of a site in Bloomsbury, he will say if, in the event of the Senate of London University approving Kenwood, Highgate, as a suitable site for the university, the Government will provide similar financial aid equal to the cost of the Bloomsbury site?


No, Sir. The offer of the Bloomsbury site afforded the Senate an opportunity of establishing the university close to the British Museum, with its unrivalled facilities for students and of collecting in one group the central buildings of the university and its principal constituent colleges. The purpose of the offer was to enable the university to rise to the high level of its opportunities and duties as the Metropolitan University of the Empire. This purpose would not be secured by the selection of another site not affording the same facilities, and His Majesty's Government would not feel justified in calling upon the general taxpayer for such an extraordinary contribution upon any other grounds.

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