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Burton Court, Chelsea.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 8th June 1920.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Burton Court, Chelsea, was only leased to the Government for the duration of the War; and, if so, what is his reason for attempting to make it the permanent centre for his scheme of pensions decentralisation?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part of the question, my hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt aware that the responsibility for providing accommodation for the staff of this Department rests with my right hon. Friend the First Commissioner of Works

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

Do I understand from the hon. Gentleman that the plan for the decentralisation department going to Burton Court in no way prejudices the question at issue as to the occupation of Burton Court by Government offices?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

May I ask if the Ministry of Pensions insist on staying on and are pressing on the First Commissioner of Works to let them remain on there?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

We cannot undertake to remove at an early date seeing that the whole of our machinery and records are installed there.

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

Is the hon. Gentleman aware they will have to leave if the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital refuse to continue the lease?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I hope the Commissioners will bear in mind the necessities of the Ministry of Pensions.