§ 35. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, in the opinion of the officers of the London County Council, Covent Garden Theatre 1589 does not conform to the safety standard of ordinary theatres in London, either as regards exits, storage of scenery, and other matters; and whether he will bring any pressure to bear on the lessees of this theatre in order to compel them to carry out the necessary alterations in the interest of public safety?
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him last, July by my predecessor in reply to a similar question. I am informed that the Lord Chamberlain has been in conference with representatives of the London County Council and the leaseholders of the theatre, and it is hoped that a satisfactory agreement may in due course be reached.
§ Mr. GILBERT
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that since I asked the last question no improvement has been made in this theatre, and will he impress on the new Lord Chamberlain that something ought to be done at once?