HC Deb 07 February 1878 vol 237 c1209

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether his attention has been called to the circumstance that after the battle of Alexandria every officer and soldier of the Army subscribed several days' pay to transport Cleopatra's Needle to this Country as a trophy of the victory; and, whether, such being the case, the Military authorities ought not to be consulted as to the selection of a site for the obelisk; and whether he is aware that the site of Hyde Park, where reviews are held, has been already recommended as an admirable place for a Military trophy?


I have no reason to think that the military authorities desire to be consulted in this matter, with respect to the site of the obelisk. With regard to the site to which my hon. Friend refers, there is no doubt a good deal to be said in favour of it. On the other hand, there are objections having reference to the great distance; and I am afraid I cannot give any definite answer.