§ SIR. CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works what portion of the new buildings at South Kensington under the Public Buildings Expenses Act is to be devoted to the housing of the art collections and what portion to services connected with science; whether the space given to art is to be trenched on by the importation into the art part of some collections at present housed on the western side of Exhibition Road, and to what extent; whether it is computed by the Lords of the Council that the space assigned to art will suffice for the due exhibition of the magnificent collections at present in the South Kensington Museum; and whether the proposed distribution of the now available space between art and science is that recommended by the Lord President of the Council?
§ THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. A. AKERS-DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
An inter-Departmental Committee appointed by the Lord President and myself is now engaged, together with the architect, Mr. Aston Webb, in settling the details of the appropriation. When I have received their report, of which I will give the right hon. Baronet notice, I shall be glad to answer his Question, if he will defer it until then.