HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc875-6
34. Mr. Pearson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings, why it is thought necessary to spare building labour and materials for brick protection of the stone base of the King Charles I statue; and by whom is the cost being borne?

Mr. Hicks

The pedestal of the King Charles I statue, which is the work of Joshua Marshall, King's. Master Mason and Chief Mason to Sir Christopher Wren, is generally considered to be one of the finest and most important examples of the architecture of the period, and, owing to the age and fragile condition of the stonework, protection on the site is considered preferable to removal elsewhere. The cost of protection is a charge on public funds.

Mr. Pearson

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is a large body of opinion that considers this an entire waste?