HC Deb 19 December 1956 vol 562 cc202-4W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Works whether, since the commemorative gates and pillars at the approaches to Buckingham Palace no longer represent the British Commonwealth of Nations as it is today, he will make provision for the symbolic representation of Ghana, the Caribbean Federation, Nigeria, Singapore, Malaya and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, so that visitors to the United Kingdom may realise the steps taken by Her Majesty's Government to free the colonial peoples and endow them with nationhood.

Mr. Buchan-Hepburn

While I appreciate the sentiment in the hon. and gallant Member's Question, I should point out that these gates and pillars form part of the Memorial to Queen Victoria; and, together with the groups of sculpture immediately surrounding the Queen's statue, are representative of those parts of the Commonwealth and Empire which contributed to the cost of the Memorial.