§ MR. POWELL WILLIAMS (Birmingham, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the new statue of Mr. Bright has been placed in the position which it is proposed it shall permanently occupy; and, if so, whether he will consider the desirability of removing it to a better position in the outer lobby, such as was occupied by the first statue erected to the memory of the deceased statesman.
§ MR. AILWYN FELLOWES(for the First Commissioner of Works) (Hunts, Ramsey)
The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The position was selected with the assent of the donor and the sculptor. With regard to the second part of the Question, the 616 position occupied by the first statue erected to the memory of Mr. Bright has, since its removal, been assigned to the statue of the late Mr. Gladstone, and it is not proposed to alter that arrangement.
§ MR. POWELL WILLIAMS
May I ask my hon. friend whether he will consider the propriety of removing the statue of Earl Granville to a suitable position in another place, and, in that way, of leaving that space available for the statue of Mr. Bright?
§ MR. AILWYN FELLOWES
I will make inquiries on behalf of my right hon. friend, but I think the whole matter is under the consideration of the First Commissioner of Works. I will certainly call his attention to the suggestion of my right hon. friend.
§ (No answer was given.)