§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL(for Sir JOHN LUBBOCK,) London University
I wish to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether it is true that the North British Railway Company have obtained powers enabling them to destroy some of the small remaining portion of the North Roman Wall or vallum; and whether any steps are being taken to place it under the protection of the Ancient Monuments Act?
§ THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. PLUNKET,) Dublin University
I am informed that the North British Railway Company have acquired some ground in the neighbourhood of 947 Falkirk, on which is situated a portion of the Roman wall, and have run a branch line through a part of the wall, at a spot, however, where the remains are not so well defined as they are more to the east. I am told that the railway company have at present no intention of interfering further with the wall, and they can if they like place it under the protection of the Ancient Monuments Act, but I have not any power to complete that to be done.