HC Deb 24 May 1960 vol 624 cc27-8W
60. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Works why Big Ben was three minutes slow on 18th May.

Lord John Hope

Big Ben was observed to be late chiming 3.15 p.m. on 18th May and was corrected within half an hour. It is thought that a photographer who had been authorised to ascend the Clock Tower inadvertently disturbed the counterweight of the minute hand by moving a ladder.

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