HC Deb 09 July 1924 vol 175 c2274W

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether facilities will be granted for the placing of a bust of the late James Keir Hardie in a prominent position within the Palace of Westminster, presented by subscribers in recognition of his distinguished services in Parliament over many years?


Much as I personally desire to honour Keir Hardie, with whom I was closely associated for many years, I cannot take advantage of the opportunity which my office in a minority Government gives me to accede to this request, especially in view of the limited accommodation for busts and statues within the precincts of the House. It is a request which could more appropriately be made if and when in the course of time it should become clear that the desire for such a memorial is general, and does not come wholly or mainly from Members of the House belonging to one party.