§ Mr. McENTEE
asked the First Commissioner of Works the annual rent paid for the Endell Street building occupied by the Customs and Excise; the amount of rates thereon; the terms of the present agreement; whether or not it is proposed to renew the existing lease when it expires; and whether other and more suitable buildings are now available under the direct control of the Office of Works?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-G0RE
The Endell Street building is held on lease for 21 years from 25th December, 1928, but it would be contrary to precedent and the public interest to disclose the rent or rates payable in respect of any individual premises. The renewal of the existing lease when it expires will depend on the circumstances and conditions then prevailing, and, in regard to the last part of the question, there are no alternative premises available under the direct control of my Department in which the staff could be rehoused.