§ 16. Mr. Pritt
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many residences in Gibraltar are provided for the Governor; when each of them was acquired; and how many rooms there are in each such residence.
§ Mr. George Hall
Two official residences are provided for the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar. The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor since 1728; he has also had a summer residence since the beginning of the 19th century. In 1941, Lord Gort converted the latter into a rest camp for troops and I understand that it will remain military property, and that a new summer residence will be provided to the Governor in exchange. I have no information about the number of rooms in these buildings: but I am calling for a report on the matter generally.
§ Mr. Pritt
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the War Office spent something like £10,000 on the new residence, while the population of Gibraltar has not even where to lay its head?
§ Squadron-Leader Donner
Is not the Question invidious and uncalled for?
§ General Sir George Jeffreys
Is not the Minister aware that, until recent times, Government House at Gibraltar was in a very bad state of repair and needed to have a great deal of money spent on it to make it even liveable in?
§ Mr. Hall
I visited this house quite recently, and I agree that a little more repair is very necessary.