HC Deb 05 May 1890 vol 344 c123

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can explain why the armour in the Tower, which is at present crowded into so small a space as to interfere with its being seen, has not been moved into the two large halls which have been decorated and prepared to receive part of it for a very long time and whether, if the delay is due to want of money, he will consider the advisability of employing the money paid by visitors in defraying the expense necessary to do justice to the collection?

*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle

To carry out the improvement referred to would involve an expenditure of £1,000 at least; and the money has not hitherto been available. To divert to this purpose the fees paid by visitors, which are now taken in aid of the Vote, would merely have the effect of adding the amount to the Vote required. I shall be exceedingly glad when it is possible to carry out this national work, because I regard it personally as one of great interest and importance.