HC Deb 29 April 1913 vol 52 c991
29. Mr. F. HALL

asked what, if any, amount remains over from the surplus of £186,000 which resulted from the Great Exhibition of 1851; and by what authority or persons such money is controlled?


My hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I am informed that the surplus of £186,000 was invested in land, and now yields a substantial income, which is devoted to educational purposes in connection with science and art. These funds are controlled by a Royal Commission, by virtue of a Supplemental Charter granted in December, 1851, after the close of the exhibition.


Will the Government give sympathetic consideration to the suggestion of refunding £70,000 which was paid for the fabric in order that the same building might be taken for continuing the Crystal Palace and grounds in perpetuity for the public?


Notice should be given.