HC Deb 15 April 1907 vol 172 c582

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether it has yet been decided that the new College of Science in Dublin will be constructed of Irish stone; whether he is aware that Irish stone, containing over 70 per cent. of silica and less than 2 per cent. of carbonate of lime, is available, whilst Portland stone contains only about 10 per cent. of silica and 80 per cent. of carbonate of lime, and that the Irish stone is free from flints and fossils; and whether, as the Irish stone is therefore better able to resist atmospheric changes and is more durable, he will see that it is used in the construction of the college.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I have nothing to add to the Answer given by my right hon. friend the President of the Board of Education to a similar Question on the 7th November last. †