§ Mr. GROVES
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been called to the dilapidated state of the interior of the Clock Tower; whether he will state the date when the interior of the tower was last cleaned and painted; and whether he will have this matter attended to?
§ Mr. LANSBURY
I have received no complaints in regard to the internal decoration of the Clock Tower. The staircase within the tower was last painted in 1926; the walls of the clock face room are lime-washed periodically: the underside of the cast-iron plates of the roof were painted over 20 years ago, but, as this paint is not necessary for their preservation, it has been decided not to repaint them. The other painted surfaces in the tower above the bell floor are due for repainting next year.