HC Deb 20 July 1874 vol 221 c296

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether Her Majesty's Government is aware that, owing to the want of space and suitable accommodation, the Patent Museum is losing constant opportunities of acquiring models of original inventions of the greatest interest to the Country; and, whether the Government is prepared to take immediate steps to provide a suitable building for the Museum, which is capable of being made one of the most valuable schools of instruction in mechanical science in the world?


I am very sorry, Sir, to say that the Patent Museum is not the only public institution which is suffering from want of space and of suitable accommodation. That is now a crying grievance with respect to all our public buildings, collections, and offices. In regard to the Patent Museum, however, I perceive another Question on the Paper, and I am aware from a communication which I have received from my noble Friend the First Commissioner of Works, that the matter is at present engaging attention.