HC Deb 17 November 1919 vol 121 cc665-6W
Lieut-Colonel Sir S. HOARE

asked the First Commissioner of Works which London museums or galleries are still occupied in part or in whole by Government Departments?


The following museums and galleries are still occupied by Government Departments:

  • Hertford House. (Staff now being removed.)
  • National Gallery of British Art.
  • Parts of the following are also occupied:
  • National Gallery. (Majority of staff already removed. Remainder will be removed very shortly.)
  • Imperial Institute. (Most of this space will be given up on 1st February, 1920.)
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  • Victoria and Albert Museum. (Will probably be vacated by 31st March, 1920.)
  • British Museum.


asked the First Commissioner of Works what London hotels art still retained by Government Departments?


The following hotels, so far as my Department is concerned, are still retained by Government staffs:

Metropole, York, Holborn Viaduct, St. Ermin's, Horrex's, Howard, Windsor, Salisbury.

It is expected that the first three will be surrendered during the next few months; of the remainder, the Windsor, Howard, and Salisbury Hotels are held on lease. St. Ermin's Hotel has been purchased by a private firm, and upon Government vacation will be used as offices. A small portion is being surrendered to the firm at an early date. Horrex's Hotel will be required for some time by the Ministry of Labour for a portion of their Appointments Branch staff.