§ 54. Sir HARRY BRITTAIN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he has considered making any alteration in the elevation or site of the statue of the late Mr. Joseph Chamberlain recently erected in the Members' Lobby?
§ Captain HACKING (for The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS)
The answer is in the negative. The statue was designed for the plinth on which it stands, and it does not seem practicable to alter the plinth for this particular statue.
§ Sir H. BRITTAIN
Did the artist have an opportunity of seeing the statue in position before it was unveiled?
§ Captain HACKING
Perhaps it is fair to the sculptor to say he had not the opportunity, through indisposition, of seeing the statue in its present position before it was unveiled. He only saw it two days ago, and, at his request, the statue has been darkened this morning. It will be again darkened in a day or two, and I would ask hon. Members to reserve any further criticism until they see the effect.