§ 51. Major Tufton Beamish
asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will now make a further statement about the proposal to rebuild the Queen's Hall, London, and the nature of the facilities to be afforded by the Government.
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)
I have been asked to reply. The facilities which are required and will be afforded by the Government to enable the Queen's Hall to be rebuilt are, first, a renewal of the lease of the site, which is Crown Land; second, a war damage payment in respect of the destruction of the old hall by enemy action; and, third, a building licence. Discussions are proceeding about the arrangements for providing concerts in the hall when it has been rebuilt.
§ Major Beamish
When there are new developments in this direction, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that several hundred thousand of the music-loving public subscribed to the Henry Wood Memorial Trust—there is very great interest in this matter—and will he undertake to keep the public informed of new developments?
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
We realise that there is a great deal of interest in the rebuilding of this hall, and we hope that it will not be long before the work can be started.
§ Mrs. Ayrton Gould
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the new 647 Queen's Hall will be built as a national concert hall, and, if so, what kind of governing body there will be?