HL Deb 18 March 1889 vol 334 cc1-2

My Lords, I have received a letter from Mr. Pearson, the architect engaged in connection with the alterations at Westminster Hall, in consequence of which I desire to correct a mis-statement I made in calling your Lordships' attention on Monday last to the general question of public buildings in the Metropolis. I stated that there was only one entrance to the upper floor. Mr. Pearson informs me that there are three entrances to the rooms on the upper floor, and two entrances to the rooms on the lower floor. I did full justice to the exterior architecture of the building; but, in spite of this letter from Mr. Pearson, who seems rather aggrieved at what I said, I still think that it is a great pity that the alterations should have been so carried out as to render some of the rooms practically useless. In saying this, of course, I do not wish to impute any fault to Mr. Pearson; it is the design adopted by the Select Committee on Westminster Hall of which I complain.