HC Deb 15 February 1926 vol 191 cc1530-1

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he can give any recent instances of sales of Government property abroad, detailing the prices obtained by the sale as compared with the amount paid upon purchase?

Major Sir HARRY BARNSTON (Comptroller of the Household—for the FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS)

With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate the reply in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Is it not a fact—it is only fair to the officials of this Department to ask—that they have made many good bargains for this country in all parts of the world?

Following is the reply:

Sales of British Government properties abroad are comparatively infrequent, but the following are the chief instances which have occurred in recent years:

Kobe Consulate.—Half the site sold in 1919 for £38,835 1,700
Osaka Consulate.—Sold in 1920 for £23,000 7,119
Bangkok Legation.—Greater portion of site sold in 1922 for £117,000 in cash, and a site valued at £11,000 6,650
Washington Embassy.—Sold in 1924 for $500,000 (£102,607) 33,663
Shanghai Post Office.—Sold in 1924 for £44,000 9,607
Shanghai Gaol.—Sold in 1925 For £46,300 27,337