asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rent paid per annum for housing war relics at the Crystal Palace; what are the annual wages paid to officials in connection with the War museum; whether it is proposed to remove this collection to the Imperial Institute; and what is the estimated cost of such removal?
The annual inclusive rent paid for the Crystal Palace is £25,000. The estimated cost of salaries, wages and allowances of the Imperial War Museum for the year 1922–23, is £16,400, a reduction of 28 per cent. on the Vote for 1921–22. The contents of the museum which have been considerably curtailed, will be partly housed in the existing science museum galleries, and a proposal is also under consideration to utilise a portion of the space at present occupied by the Imperial Institute. The estimated cost of removing the exhibits to' South Kensington is approximately £8,000.