HC Deb 13 February 1951 vol 484 cc177-8
10. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Works if he will arrange to leave the Lion and the Unicorn statues in the Westminster Hall in their present position.

Mr. Stokes

No, Sir. As I stated in my reply to the hon. Member for Enfield, West (Mr. lain MacLeod), on 6th February, it is proposed to remove the Lion and the Unicorn this month when the curtain in Westminster Hall is taken down.

Wing Commander Bullus

What is to take the place of the present statues?

Mr. Kirkwood

The Stone of Scone.

Mr. Stokes

Nothing. The figures were made for a particular celebration, and they are not of a durable character. If it were desired to put up durable statues, they would have to be in stone and would take some time to make.

Mr. Hopkinson

Will the Minister consider replacing them with permanent stone figures?

Mr. Stokes

Yes, if there were really considerable feeling in favour of it.