HC Deb 19 May 1863 vol 170 cc1949-50

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he can inform the House for what sum the building of the International Exhibition of 1862 could be purchased, with a view to convert a portion of it into a Museum, or a Gallery for Works of Art, or some institution for the encouragement of those objects to which the late Prince Consort devoted his efforts, and to bear his name r


Sir. I am not able to give my hon. Friend a positive and final answer to his Question. In point of fact, those who are properly interested in the building of 1862 are the Commissioners of 1851; and those Commissioners have not yet had an opportunity of arriving at a definite conclusion on the subject. At the same time, their Finance Committee, who advise them in these matters, have had that opportunity; and on Thursday the Commissioners will themselves meet to decide the question. There have been communications with certain parties on behalf of the contractors; and I hope that on the day the House re-assembles I shall be able to make a statement, or lay on the table some document that will convey to the House in a distinct manner the views of Her Majesty's Government in reference to this matter. Of course, I need hardly say, that should the building be acquired, it will be applied to purposes such as those stated generally in the Question of my hon. Friend.