Hans Crescent Hotel

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Works when the Hans Crescent Hotel ceased to be used as a transit centre for European volunteer workers; to what use it has been put since; when it is expected to be released; and what yearly compensation rent is being paid.

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

The Hans Crescent Hotel ceased to be used as a transit centre for European volunteer workers on 14th December, 1948. It has since been held for preparation as a hostel for colonial students. It is not usual to disclose the compensation rent.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

In view of the shortage of hotel accommodation, does not the Minister think that it is a bad thing that this sort of hotel should be kept empty for nearly a year when it is obviously costing the country a large sum in compensation rent?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

The use of this hotel has been a matter of much consideration, but the need for accommodation for colonial students is such that I feel that it ought to be retained for that purpose.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Could not this hotel have been used instead of No. 2 Park Street?