§ Mr. CHATER
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department the charge for space at Olympia made by Exhibition, Limited, per square foot; and whether, in view of the increased taxation and the demand for more economical overhead expenses in industry, the Department will ensure reduction of the charge?
Sir H. YOUNG
The Department of Overseas Trade is solely responsible for all matters concerning the organisation of the British Industries Fair at Olympia. There is therefore no question of charges for space being made there by the firm in question or by any other firm. The charge for space made by the Department of Overseas Trade in the London section of the Fair is 3s. 6d. per square foot. With regard to the possibility of a reduction in the charge, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the bon. Member for St. Pancras South-East (Mr. Romeril) on 24th September. I am sending him a copy. There has been a marked increase in the number of firms applying for space in the Fair during the last fortnight.