§ 44. Sir B. FALLE
asked the First Commissioner of Works if he can give the reason why the statue of King Charles in Trafalgar Square is being built up and over with timber, and the base protected by sandbags; and, if such quantities of timber are available, why temporary huts are being built of 9-inch brick instead of wood?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Sir Alfred Mond)
It is desired to afford some measure of protection to this beautiful and historic monument from the effects of lateral concussion of bombs and from falling pieces of shrapnel. The amount of timber being used is about five-eighths of a standard, which is much less than would be required for the construction of one typical hut.
§ Mr. OUTHWAITE
Will the right hon. Gentleman see that no timber is expended on protecting statues of the German Royalties which disfigure the Metropolis?
§ Sir A. MOND
It is not my present intention to protect any other monuments except that which is being protected.