HC Deb 15 December 1953 vol 522 cc199-200
54. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Works whether he has completed his review of projects for the improvement of the Royal Parks and historic buildings in his care; and if he will make a statement.

The Minister of Works (Sir David Eccles)

There is much that could be done to improve the amenities of the Royal Parks and of historic buildings in my care; and if we could extend the national museums and galleries there would be opportunities to exhibit beautiful things in greater quantity and more appropriately. The same is true of science museums. But I am limited by the money available and if I were to publish a detailed list of desirable projects hopes would be raised which could not be fulfilled in the foreseeable future.

Dr. Stross

Would the right hon. Gentleman tell us what he thinks the House might do to help him if he is short of money, because these are most important projects?

Sir D. Eccles

That is a matter for the House and not for me.

Mr. Snow

As the Tower of London is one of the historic buildings concerned, would the right hon. Gentleman consider, as one of the improvements, subjecting the beefeaters to a slight test of historical knowledge, because some of the stories about the historical irrelevancies that they tell children going round the Tower are rather bad and ought to be attended to?

Sir D. Eccles

As far as I know, the services of the beefeaters are greatly appreciated by all generations.

Mr. Champion

Could not that be applied to hon. Members showing visitors round this House?