§ MR. L. P. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether a contract has been entered into by Her Majesty's Government for the erection of a statue to Oliver Cromwell; when was the authority of Parliament obtained for the proposed expenditure; what is the amount of the contract entered into, and what will be the entire estimated expense; and will the cost of the erection be derived from Irish as well as English taxes; if so, have any steps been taken to obtain the views of Members from Ireland upon the subject?
§ MR. HERBERT GLADSTONE
A contract has not yet been entered into for a statue of Oliver Cromwell. An opportunity will be given, in the discussion of the estimate for the Houses of Parliament buildings, for any hon. Members to express their views on the subject. The House will be asked to vote £500 on account towards the cost of a statue, and further particulars as to the proposal will then be announced.
§ MR. BARTLEY
May I ask whether this statue is for the Houses of Parliament, or is it to be sent to Ireland?
§ [No answer was given.]