HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 c2708
72. Mr. Kelly

asked the First Commissioner of Works what has been the cost during the last 10 years of the centre skylight at Audit House, Victoria Embankment; and whether he will reconstruct the skylight on modern lines with a view to saving money?

Sir P. Sassoon

These premises were hired in 1902 for a term of 42 years expiring in 1944. Apart from the normal work of replacing broken glass and repairing defective bars as necessary, the cost of which has not been separately recorded, an expenditure of £35 was defrayed in 1931 and of £50 in 1936 in renewing portions of the skylight. It is not considered that the expenditure involved in reconstructing the skylight would be justified in view of the short period of the lease remaining unexpired.

Mr. Kelly

Are the figures given in the reply the total charges that have fallen upon the Department, and in view of the many alterations and replacements, will the right hon. Gentleman consider some better method than the one now in operation?

Sir P. Sassoon

The lease will expire in six years' time, and it would cost about £400 to replace the skylight.