HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 cc2707-8
71. Mr. Day

asked the First Commissioner of Works the number of licensed premises located on land connected with his Department apart from those in the Royal Parks and the Tower of London; what is the total amount of rental derived therefrom; and will he give particulars of the leases or agreements upon which the same are held?

The First Commissioner of Works (Sir Philip Sassoon)

At the Law Courts in London and Edinburgh and in a number of museum buildings, where refreshment rooms are maintained for the convenience of the public, licences are held by the caterers employed by the occupying authorities; a number of staff refreshment clubs in Government buildings hold club licences. No rental is derived from these arrangements. In one case licensed premises are located on land surplus to requirements and awaiting disposal from which a rent of £225 per annum is received. In another a rental of £5 per annum is received for a piece of land adjoining licensed premises.

Mr. Day

Do these tenants have the option to renew their tenancies?

Sir P. Sassoon

There are only two cases in which we receive the rent.

Mr. Marcus Samuel

Will my right hon. Friend consider putting a milk bar in the Bloody Tower?