HC Deb 20 February 1973 vol 851 c207
10. Sir D. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of State for Defence what action he is taking to ensure that the Royal Army Medical Corps Museum at Aldershot, containing the Florence Nightingale relics, is adequately housed for inspection by the public and protected from the hazard of fire.

Mr. Blaker

We are planning to rehouse the museum as part of the rebuilding of the Royal Army Medical Corps Training Centre at Mytchett. Meanwhile suitable precautions are taken against fire in the existing building.

Sir D. Dodds-Parker

In view of the wide interest in this museum, will my hon. Friend look at the possibility of housing at least part of this collection in the Imperial War Museum, or even in the new part of St. Thomas' Hospital?

Mr. Blaker

I note my hon. Friend's point, but we must bear in mind that the Florence Nightingale relics are RAMC relics and it is right that they should remain in the corps museum where they are accessible to more members of the corps than if they were elsewhere.