§ 51. Mr. FREDERICK WHYTE
asked whether the Office of Works has made any estimate of the cost of removing the Calton Gaol from its present site; whether any search for a new site has been or will be made; and whether the question of an alternative site for the proposed new Government buildings, other than the Calton site, has been considered and decided?
§ Mr. W. BENN
The removal of the Calton Gaol and the acquisition of a new site is not a matter to be settled by the First Commissioner of Works, and no estimate of the cost of such removal and acquisition has been prepared by him. Another site for the proposed new Government buildings was considered, but the decision was in favour of the Calton Prison site.
MARQUESS of TULLIBARDINE
Can the hon. Gentleman give us any particular reason why the hon. Member for East Edinburgh (Mr. J Hogge) should prefer the preservation of a gaol instead of public buildings?