§ MR. PLUMMER (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Government will consider the question of commissioning a sculptor to execute a statue of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, to be placed in Westminster Hall, in continuation of the series of other statues already therein.
§ MR. ARTHUR LEE (Hampshire, Fareham)
May I at the same time ask whether the right hon. Gentleman will consider the advisability of removing from Westminster Hall the whole of the statues now there, as I am informed that they are neither portraits nor works of art.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
It is perfectly true that the statues to which the hon. Gentleman the Member for Fareham refers are not portraits, because they have all been made in the course of the last thirty years. The Government are of opinion that if there is to be a series of statues of Sovereigns of Great Britain in Westminster Hall, it is well worthy of consideration whether a statue of Her late Majesty should not be added.