HC Deb 06 June 1939 vol 348 c180
1. Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can make any further statement about the efforts of the city and Royal Burgh of Edinburgh, to preserve the buildings of Taylors' Hall in the Cowgate?

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Colville)

I am informed that the Corporation recently decided to demolish the buildings and have applied to the Dean of Guild Court for the necessary authority.

Mr. Hannah

Is it not a fact that when in 1923 the city bought these buildings a written agreement was made with the Ancient Monuments Board that they would be preserved, and not demolished?

Mr. Colville

I cannot say that I have any knowledge of that.