HC Deb 13 June 1939 vol 348 c1077
12. Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in 1923 or at any other time, any undertaking was given to the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland by the city and royal burgh of Edinburgh that the Tailors' Hall buildings would be reconstructed, and the architectural features preserved?

Mr. Colville

I understand that in 1923 when giving an undertaking to preserve features of architectural interest in an improvement scheme area the corporation stated that it was their intention to preserve as far as possible the facade of Tailors' Hall Buildings. They have since reconsidered the question and decided on demolition. I am informed that they propose to incorporate certain lettered and carved stones in the screen wall to be erected on the site.

Mr. Hannah

Ought not the capital of Scotland to keep its promise and can any Scot view with complacency the destruction of this splendid example of seventeenth century architecture?

Mr. George Griffiths

Why do not the Government resign?

Mr. Colville

The hon. Member must remember that this is the action of a local authority, and that the Government are not responsible.