HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1255W

Lieut.-Colonel JAMES asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is yet in a position to give any information as to Burton s Court, Chelsea, namely, whether the offer of the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital to lend the site rent free for a period of four years has been accepted, or whether the matter is still under discussion with a view to the Office of Works retaining control over this site for a period of not less than 14 years?

Sir A. MOND: This matter is still under discussion. The Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital have been asked whether, in view of the fact that the demolition of the existing buildings, costing over £150,000, would involve the provision of equivalent accommodation elsewhere at an expenditure of approximately £230,000, exclusive of cost of site, they could see their way, in the public interest, to allow the buildings at Burton's Court to remain for a period of seven years, on the understanding that they would be removed at the end of that time, or earlier, if in any way feasible.

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