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asked the First Commissioner of Works when and by whom the decision was taken to place a painting of the introduction into the House of the hon. Member for the Sutton Division of Plymouth (Viscountess Astor) on the walls of this House; and if he will take the sense of the Members of this House on the subject before the project is further proceeded with?
The decision referred to was given by my predecessor in June of last year, but having regard to the numerous objections received during the last few days from Members of all parties, I cannot consent to its being finally hung without further expressions of approval. I propose to leave the picture temporarily in position until I have had a further opportunity of ascertaining the general opinion of Members.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say if he will give this House an early opportunity of showing its opinion upon this project, and if that early opportunity will be given us before we rise for the Recess?
May I ask the Prime Minister if he is prepared to give this House time before the Recess to signify its approval or otherwise of this project?
—may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will take steps to see that full time is given for the consideration of this question, and that it is not decided in consequence of prejudice or ignorance?
May I, very respectfully, press the Prime Minister for an answer to the question which I put to him, as to whether facilities will be given before the Recess?