§ 25. Mr. BERNAYS
asked the First Commissioner of Works the rent paid by the organisers of the open air theatre for the use of the Botanical Gardens, Regent's Park?
§ Mr. BLINDELL (Lord of the Treasury)
I have been asked to reply. The rent for the open air theatre in the Inner Circle Gardens, Regent's Park, is calculated on the basis of 10 per cent. of the gross takings (less tax and library discounts), subject to a minimum payment of £50 per week. The licensee bears the expense of providing all equipment, including chairs.
§ Mr. HOLFORD KNIGHT
Is it not the case that this theatre provides a good deal of employment in a distressed profession and that the performances are splendid advertisements for British dramatic art?
§ Sir A. M. SAMUEL
Does it mean that we are going to get the Botanical Gardens in Regent's Park made into a fair for roundabouts, or are we still to have it as a garden?