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Clarence House

Volume 465: debated on Monday 16 May 1949

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33.

asked the Minister of Works whether he can give an estimate of the cost of repair and decorations to Clarence House.

I have no reason to believe that the sum of £50,000 voted by Parliament for the alterations to and modernisation of Clarence House is likely to be materially exceeded.

Will the Minister look into the statement made by the district secretary of the Associated Society of Woodworkers in order to ascertain whether it is not the case that the amount spent on repairs and decorations far exceeds the £50,000 estimate, and will he give an assurance to the House that that exorbitant sum will not be exceeded unless a Vote is presented to the House?

As I have said, I have looked in this matter and I do not think there will be any material excess over £50,000.

Could the right hon. Gentleman give comparative figures for the "Daily Worker" building?

Could the Minister tell us how many homes could have been provided for the homeless with this money?