HC Deb 16 May 1928 vol 217 cc1027-8
41. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether it has yet been decided where the picture of the burial of the unknown warrior is to be placed, and when it will lie removed from its present position?


There is no present intention of removing the picture from the King's Robing Room.

Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

Is not my hon. and gallant Friend aware that is a quite unsuitable place for it, and that it hides a really interesting fireplace?


I am well aware that it hides an interesting fireplace, but the difficulty with regard to this picture is to decide in what other possible place we can put it. If there were a general feeling on the part of the House that it should be removed to one of the larger Committee Rooms, I do not think there would be any serious objection, but it is very difficult for my Noble Friend to find out what is the real feeling in the House with regard to the position in which the picture should be placed.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that a number of Members have expressed a wish that this picture should be placed in Westminster Hall, where all visitors could see it at any time?


I am aware that that opinion has been expressed, but there are very serious objections to putting the picture in Westminster Hall. To begin with, it is an unheated building. The lighting, also, is entirely wrong, and, finally and conclusively, it was never intended that pictures of any kind should be placed in Westminster Hall.

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