HC Deb 07 August 1857 vol 147 c1225

said, in the absence of his noble Friend (Viscount Ebrington) he would beg to ask the Chief Commissioner of Works whether the new chimney tops invented by Mr. Billing, placed upon port of Somerset House, are found to answer; and if they do answer, whether it is intended to substitute them for the many varieties of unsightly chimney-tops which disfigure the remainder of the building?


in reply, said that certainly very singular questions were asked in that House; but he never expected that they would descend to such trifling matters as the chimney-pots of Somerset House. He was afraid that he should not be able to give a satisfactory answer to the question put by his hon. Friend until next Session, for the very simple reason that a sufficient trial of the chimney-pots had not yet been made.