60. Mr. PERKINS
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that the charges for the British Industries Fair, 1932, have been increased from 3s. to 3s. 6d. per square foot; and the reasons for this extra charge?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Shinwell)
The increased charge per square foot, for space at the British Industries Fair, 1932, is due to the necessity for providing additional accommodation for the fair. This involved the leasing of the overhead buildings at the White City, and consequent increased expenditure so as to bring these buildings into line with Olympia as regards heating, decoration and other essential services. The decision to increase the charge for space was made on the recommendation of the committee elected to represent the interests of the exhibitors.
Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to make exceptions in the case of certain hard-pressed industries?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
I should think, having regard to the latter part of the answer, that the matter has been settled to the satisfaction of the exhibitors.