§ 1. Mr. Wilson Harris
asked the Minister of Works what is the present location and future destiny of the statue of King James II which formerly stood behind the Admiralty.
§ The Minister of Works (Mr. Key)
The statue of King James II is at present in store to which it was removed for safety during the war. The choice of a new site for this statue is under consideration.
§ Mr. Harris
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider establishing this despicable Sovereign in St. James's Square, where he will have the facility of contemplating his successor, William of Orange?
§ Mr. Godfrey Nicholson
Is it not a fact that this Sovereign did a great deal for His Majesty's Navy, and that that should never be forgotten?
§ Sir Ronald Ross
Will the Minister consider retaining the statue of this Monarch in storage, despite his services to the Navy, as he had some rather dubious achievements later on?
§ Mr. Derek Walker-Smith
Will the Minister consider Parliament Square as a more appropriate site in order that Ministers may have a daily reminder of the fate that overtakes those who try to fetter the rights and still the voice of Parliament?
§ 2. Mr. Wilson Harris
asked the Minister of Works whether he will take steps to repair the fingers of the statue of Mr. Selden in St. Stephen's Hall.
§ 3. Mr. Wilson Harris
asked the Minister of Works whether he will take steps to erect a statue of King James I in the vicinity of Whitehall.
§ Mr. Harris
Will the Minister reconsider that very arbitrary reply? Is he aware that this Monarch conferred two inestimable benefits on his country, firstly, university representation in this House, and, secondly, the Authorised Version of the Bible? Does he not think these are worthy of commemoration?
§ Colonel Gomme-Duncan
Will the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind that this excellent Sovereign executed the man who introduced that filthy weed?