HC Deb 17 May 1898 vol 57 cc1555-6
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether the iron roof shutters on the north side of the Turner Room of the National Gallery, which is in actual contact with the canteen end of St. George's Barracks, have been removed, and the risk of danger by fire largely increased?


The fixed shutters referred to in the honourable Member's Question have been removed because, when turned back in the daytime, they obscured some new glazed lights formed in the lead flats by desire of the trustees. It has been proposed, should the trustees approve, to provide detachable shutters, to be removed and replaced daily over these skylights. I find that the Turner Room is not in actual contact with the barracks, there being a space of about two feet between the walls of the two buildings; and further, that the canteen has been removed to the other end of the barracks.