HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 c82W
Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Works what expenditure has been incurred on repairs and redecorations of the various Royal Palaces since 1945; and what has been the nature of these repairs and decorations.

Mr. Eccles

The Royal Palaces maintained by the Ministry of Works include those occupied by the Sovereign, such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and other Palaces which are not in the occupation of the Sovereign, such as Hampton Court, Holyrood House, Kensington, Kew, Marlborough House and St. James's.

The total expenditure incurred by the Ministry on the maintenance of all these Palaces and estates since 1945 was approximately £1,080,000. It would take a great deal of labour to analyse this expenditure, but it covers extensive war damage and structural repairs, minor alterations and additions, internal and external painting and washing down, and day-to-day maintenance.