King George V Statue, Old Palace Yard
Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works

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Mr Dudley Smith (Warwick and Leamington)

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works when he proposes to have the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol which has been drawn on the King George V memorial statue at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, removed.

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Mr Dudley Smith (Warwick and Leamington)

Is the Minister aware that I tabled this Question because the symbol first appeared on the memorial about the time of the last General Election and I discovered that it was still there when I returned, rather late for this Parliament, two years later?

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Mr Robert Mellish (Bermondsey)

I am sorry about that. The hon. Gentleman has another Question down on inspection. I am told that we did not even know that the symbol was on the statue, which was due to be cleaned anyway on 15th June. It is interesting to note that the cleaning took only 15 minutes and cost 5s.