HC Deb 30 July 1914 vol 65 cc1591-2W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture, as representing the Office of Woods and Forests, if the new lease granted to Boodle's Club, in St. James's Street, contains a stipulation that the front shall be refaced or rebuilt; and, if so, for what reason is a Government Department deliberately destroying what is admitted to be a masterpiece of English eighteenth-century street architecture?


No new lease has been granted, and in such negotiations as have taken place there has been no suggestion that the building shall be refaced or rebuilt.


asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the lease of Boodle's Club, St. James's Street. has been renewed on condition that the building should be renovated and refaced; and, if so, whether, considering the fact that it is universally acknowledged to be one of the finest examples of eighteenth-century architecture, he is prepared to modify the conditions?


The answer is in the negative to the first part of the question and there is, therefore, no occasion to consider the second part.

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