§ 36. Mr. LOVAT-FRASER
asked the First Commissioner of Works if, in view of the intended destruction of Adeiphi 32 Terrace and the adjacent buildings, he will take steps to get these buildings scheduled for preservation as an ancient monument?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)
Unfortunately, I do not think that this is a case in which my Department can take any action. The machinery provided by the Ancient Monuments Acts is not applicable to a group of buildings of this character.
§ Sir ARTHUR MICHAEL SAMUEL
Is not the right hon. Gentleman going to take any steps to secure the beautiful Adam decorations in such buildings, which may be of use at South Kensington Museum?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
As I have said, I have no power under the Ancient Monuments Act to deal with buildings occupied and with buildings of this character. It is entirely a matter for Parliament, in its own discretion, to say whether they will pass a Private Bill or not, and under what conditions.