HC Deb 08 April 1936 vol 310 cc2752-3
75. Mr. RANKIN

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether negotiations have been completed for taking over a portion of the new block of flats of Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, in order to accommodate some departments of the Admiralty; and whether alternative accommodation could have been obtained at less cost?

Major GEORGE DAVIES (Vice-Chamberlain of the Household)

Arrangements have been completed to lease a portion of Lansdowne House for the Admiralty, at a rent which compares favourably with rents paid elsewhere for office accommodation in Central London. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.


Is it necessary for the Government to choose for their offices the most expensive sites in the centre of the West End, and would it not be more economical to go to a less expensive part of London?