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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator FINDLEY asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government purchased the lease of a house in the West End of London for the High Commissioner ?

2.   If so, on whose representations was the lease entered into, what was the price paid for same, what period does it cover, and what rental is to be paid for the building?

3.   Has the High Commissioner's salary been increased; if so, to what amount; and were any representations made by the present occupant of the position for increased salary?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Government considered that, to fittingly maintain the dignity and status of the Commonwealth in London, it was most desirable that an official residence for the High Commissioner should be obtained in London in a suitable locality. The price paid for a 21 years' lease of the property is £6,000, exclusive of certain fixtures, &c., estimated at not more than £150.

3.   The High Commissioner's salary has not been increased.

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