§ MR. SPENCER WALPOLE
asked the Chief Commissioner of Works, Whether he is able to inform the House how soon the new buildings at South Kensington for the reception of the Natural History Collections of the British Museum are likely to be commenced?
§ MR. AYRTON
said, in reply, that he regretted there had been considerable delay in commencing the construction of the new buildings at South Kensington for the reception of the Natural History Collections of the British Museum. The architect's sketch plans were sent in during May of last year, and certain questions arose with regard to them which occupied some time to consider; and the further plans were not ready until a much later date than was anticipated. When they were ready tenders had to be invited for the work, and the examination of plans and specifications took up considerable time. Difficulties had also arisen in consequence of the introduction into the building of terra cotta, which required particular precautions. He hoped that in the course of two months some competent contractor would be entrusted with the work.