§ 74. Mr. CHARLES PRICE
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if he will say what is the total number of engravings now hung in the precincts of the House; whether a record is kept of them; and whether they are fully insured?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)
The total number of the engravings in the House of Commons is 418, and they are catalogued in a card index in the Library. In accordance with the usual Government practice, they are not insured. Other fifty engravings have just been hung in the Harcourt Room corridor, and the First Commissioner feels sure will be greatly appreciated by Members. These fifty complete a total of several hundreds of valuable engravings of Members of Parliament for which the House is indebted to the generosity of the hon Baronet the Member for South Derbyshire (Sir Herbert Raphael).