HC Deb 18 May 1903 vol 122 cc937-8
MR. YOXALL (Nottingham, W.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he will consider the appointment of a Select Committee of this House to inquire into the desirability of establishing in the United Kingdom a system of national protection and conservation of buildings of historical or biographical interest, such as exists in France under the Loi du 30 Mars 1887, whereby a Government grant of 1,427,000 francs is available for the purpose this year.


I should be very sorry to express any opinion on this question, or even go the length of saying that it is ripe for discussion before a Committee of this House. I have looked at the French law, and I find that it entirely turns upon the discretion of a Minister who is competent, or understood to be competent, to deal with questions of this kind. I am not sure that I should like to add to the labours of the central Government in this country such addition to their responsibility as the copying of the French law would entail.


But the right hon. Gentleman is no doubt aware that the Minister is assisted by a specially appointed Commission.


That may be so, but the whole responsibility rests with the Minister.