HC Deb 12 August 1904 vol 140 cc403-4
MR. H. C. RICHARDS (Finsbury, E.)

To ask the hon. Member for Chorley, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if the sanction of Parliament will be obtained for the removal of the statue of King Charles the Martyr in Whitehall, and its transference to some equally prominent site; and if he will also state when the statue of His Majesty King James the First will be restored to its original position, or what is the intention of the First Commissioner with regard to that statue.

(Answered by Lord Balcarres.) It is not proposed to remove the statue of King Charles the First from its present Locality, although it may be necessary to shift its position by a few feet in connection with street alterations. The First Commissioner does not understand my hon. and learned friend's reference to a statue of James the First. If the statue of James the Second lately placed at the west front of the new Admiralty is that alluded to, the First Commissioner has no intention of removing it from its present site, which is, he thinks, generally regarded as an appropriate one.