§ 4 Mr. Burden
asked the Minister of Works (1) the anticipated total cost of hiring the scaffolding in use at the Albert Memorial;
(2) when it is expected that the scaffolding surrounding the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens will be removed;
1711 (3) how long the scaffolding at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens has been in position.
§ Mr. Burden
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that, although there are many views as to the value of this Memorial, the scaffolding at least does not improve its value? Would he not agree that, because of this fact, the time during which the scaffolding has been erected is far too long, and will he undertake that steps will be taken to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen again?
§ Mr. Birch
No; I cannot altogether agree with my hon. Friend. The object is to repair bomb damage, as some of the metal work and some of the stone statues were damaged. It takes a certain time to make the parts and put them on, and, believe it or not, the work has actually taken a shorter time than was anticipated.
§ Mr. Stokes
Would it not be a good thing, while the scaffolding is up, to pull the hideous thing down?