Oral Answers to Questions — Commandeered Hotels (Release).

– in the House of Commons on 13th February 1919.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Edward Brotherton Colonel Sir Edward Brotherton , Wakefield

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether the release of the whole of the hotels in London and also in the country can be effected without delay?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

Hotels in London and the country which have been taken over by my Department are being released as rapidly as is possible, and before any other types of accommodation. The rate at which this can be effected must depend on the demobilisation of Government staffs over which I have no control. The Victoria Hotel in Northumberland Avenue is being vacated to-day. The Hotel Cecil and the Grand Hotel will shortly be surrendered. I have been bringing for some time, and am continuing to bring, all the pressure I can on the various Departments to release accommodation at the earliest possible moment.