§ MR. HARDCASTLE
asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether the unsightly iron tie bars lately fixed between the arches of the Albert Memorial are permanent or temporary; and, whether there is any truth in a report that the columns are bulging outwards so as to endanger the security of the building?
§ MR. AYRTON
said, in reply, that these iron tie rods had been used during the construction of the Memorial; but after it was completed they were kept up for some time because the work was not 1769 quite finished. Attention having been called to them, the work was very carefully examined, and it was found there was not the least strain, and therefore they were removed. There was no cause to apprehend the least danger to the security of the building.