HC Deb 14 April 1943 vol 388 cc1195-6
23. Sir William Davison

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, whether he has now received the tenders for necessary repairs to the clock at Hyde Park Corner; and whether, in view of the approaching summer and the importance of the clock to the large number of persons using Hyde Park, he will see that the necessary work is proceeded with as soon as possible?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Hicks)

Tenders for the repair of this clock are due to-day. In regard to the second part of the Question, every effort will be made, subject to satisfactory tenders being received, to complete the repairs as soon as possible, but as I stated in my reply of 7th April, I regret that I am unable at present to promise completion by any specified date.

Sir W. Davison

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that it is now nearly three months since he told the House that he would get tenders? Would it not be well if the firms whom the Ministry employ could be expedited a little in their movements?

Mr. Hicks

I do not regard this matter with the same degree of urgency as certain other matters.

Mr. Thorne

Are there not clock repairers in this House who could look after this clock?

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