HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 cc181-2

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether any and what arrangements are being made to proceed with the erection of the "Science and Art Museum" in Dublin; to whom the architectural plans of the proposed new buildings will be submitted for approval before they are adopted; whether architects resident in Ireland will have an opportunity of submitting plans for competition; and, if contractors who carry on their business in Ireland will have a like opportunity of competing for the erection of the proposed buildings, or whether it is intended by the Commissioners of the Board of Public Works in Ireland to erect the buildings according to their own plans and staff?


Sir, in answer to the first part of the Question of the hon. Member, I beg to say that the only arrangements made for the erection of the Science and Art Museum in Dublin are the settlement of the preliminaries with the Royal Dublin Socity for the removal of their Agricultural Depart- ment. In answer to the remaining portion of the Question, I may say that the question of the preparation of plans and the employment of architects and contractors rests with the Board of Works in Dublin, subject to the approval of the Treasury. The Education Department has nothing to do with that part of the subject.