§ Mr. A. Somerville
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he is aware that the metal and stone garden ornaments stored in galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum were designed for the open air; and could he arrange to have some of them placed in public parks under Government control, preferably St. James's Park, so that they may be enjoyed in full daylight as works of art as was originally intended, and serve in proper settings as models for craftsmen in the decorative industries?
The garden ornaments in the possession of the Victoria and Albert Museum are normally exhibited in the garden of the Museum, with the exception of those objects which would suffer deterioration if exposed to the weather. As regards the second part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on the 24th May to my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Mr. Liddall), of which I am sending him a copy.