§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the current state of the Buxton memorial in Victoria gardens, Palace of Westminster; and if he will consider action to restore it.
§ Mr. Yeo
The Buxton memorial has suffered from both vandalism and the effects of time. The statues near the base of the roof, the drinking bowls in the centre of the memorial and the centre stone structure are in particular need of repair.
The Department carries out a thorough cleaning and washing down of the memorial every quarter. It is working up a scheme for the necessary restoration of the memorial and funds have been allocated for the work to go ahead next year.