HC Deb 19 July 1955 vol 544 cc192-3
23. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what decision he has reached on the rebuilding of the Queen's Hall in the light of the report of the Committee appointed to consider the matter; and what alternative action he is taking.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I am studying the Report of the Committee and am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Has the Chancellor decided to accept the proposition put forward by the Committee that it will no longer be worth while for the Government to rebuild the Queen's Hall? In those circumstances, would it not be better to consult the London County Council as quickly as possible with a view to seeing that the additional amenities required are provided on the South Bank, which is the best place for the job?

Mr. Butler

I am interested in the hon. and gallant Gentleman's observations. It is precisely because there are certain consultations to be held with the London County Council that I am unable to give a final reply on the Queen's Hall before the Recess.

Mr. K. Robinson

Would the Chancellor also give very full consideration to the proposal in the Report to establish a music centre in the neighbourhood of Regent's Park?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir. One of the troubles is that there are so many requests for art and music centres that I want to be quite sure that in the end I am doing the right thing.