HC Deb 20 April 1891 vol 352 c925
SIR H. ROSCOE (Manchester, S.)

1 +beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he will have sketch plans prepared and placed in the Library, showing the relative positions of the existing Science Schools and Science Museums, the proposed buildings for the same purposes, and the proposed Gallery of Modern Art, on the land at South Kensington?


Perhaps I may be -allowed to answer the question. As no definite scheme has yet been framed, it would be impossible to show exactly the appropriation of land now vacant; but I can promise the hon. Member a ground plan showing what land is available for further science buildings.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will give an assurance that the final step will not be taken .in the appropriation of the land until after hon. Members have had some opportunity of inspecting the plan?


The position of the matter is this. The House knows of the very generous offer that has been made of £80,000 to erect a building. A great deal of necessary and unavoidable delay has taken place, and I think it would be unwise to risk the failure of that generous gift by any further delay. Therefore, I am unwilling to pledge myself to any further delay; but I can assure my hon. Friend that every security will be given to gentlemen interested in science that their wishes shall be met as far as possible.