§ Mr. DOUGLAS HALL
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he could say when the Queen Victoria Memorial, facing Buckingham Palace, would be completed; whether any time for the completion was stated in the original contract or commission; and, if so, would he state the time; and was he aware that the present condition of the Memorial was an eyesore to everyone using the Mall?
I anticipate that the work will be finished in the course of the next twelve months. No actual date for completion was fixed in the original contract; the progress of sculpture is always doubtful and it is not usual to name a date. Mr. Brock, the sculptor, asked for ten years, and the Memorial will probably be completed within seven years from the date of contract. This is probably an unexampled rate of progress for a work of this magnitude. In reply to the last paragraph, I have never yet seen any scaffolding that was not displeasing, and this one is no exception to the rule.
I do not carry it in my head. I suppose it was six years ago; and it is likely to be completed in twelve months.
§ Mr. GIBSON BOWLES
Is it proposed to defer the opening of the Mall into Charing Cross until the completion of the Memorial?
Oh, no. I hope to open it as soon as possible, but I am rather dependent on some work of the county council outside the confines of the Royal park.