§ Mr. KILEY
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether an important manufacturing firm is unable to increase its export trade owing to the Office of Works retaining its large warehouse for the purpose of warehousing furniture belonging to certain London hotels; is he aware that the Crystal Palace will shortly become vacant and in this building and grounds there is sufficient space to accommodate all such furniture, and possibly many of the temporary Government staffs-now in possession of buildings in London; and is he prepared to take action to transfer as many as possible to the Crystal Palace?
§ Sir A. MOND
On the assumption that th hon. Member refers to the premises at 14–16, Lambs Conduit Street, I am aware that the premises have been acquired by a firm who state that they are unable to increase their export trade owing to the retention of the premises by the Government. I may say, however, that I hope to be able to arrange for its vacation within 1953W the next three months. As regards the second part, the hon. Member's information is incorrect, as the available accommodation at the Crystal Palace is about to be utilised for the purposes of the Imperial War Museum and the British Industries Fair. The remainder of the question does not, therefore, arise.