§ 17. Colonel Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of conversion of the building formerly used as a post office at Carlisle into a licensed public-house; whether he is aware that this building has been connected with a large hall known as the Lowther Hall; what sum was paid by the Control Board for the acquisition of these premises; and can he say if any, and what, profit has resulted from the trading carried on in them?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Shortt)
The total cost of the conversions and improvements which have been effected in the building formerly used as the principal post office at Carlisle and now known as the Gretna Tavern has been about £5,000; the hall now known as the Lowther Hall always formed part of the building, and became available as part of the Gretna Tavern in 1919 on ceasing to be used for post office purposes. The Central Control Board did not acquire these premises, which were already Government property, and were placed at the Board's disposal by the Postmaster-General. I am not prepared to publish separate trading results of individual premises.