Is it a fact still, as stated by my hon. Friend in a reply in this House in June last, that the cost would be provided by the Hudson Memorial Committee, because the funds from that committee have been dissipated? How is it that it is no longer a cost to public funds?
What were these police doing before they were employed on this duty? Obviously, they must have had some other duties. How are those duties which they have had to give up in order to protect this monument being performed?
asked the Undersecretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the First Commissioner will approve of the question of the retention or removal of the panel by Mr. Epstein from the Hudson memorial in Hyde Park being referred to the Royal Fine Arts Commission; and whether he can give the names of the Commissioners?
Arising out of that reply, may I have leave to ask the hon. Member a further question? As the First Commissioner says that he sees no reason to refer this matter to the Fine Arts Commission, will he consider representations by the subscribers to this memorial fund, if they show that the subscribers were never consulted as to statuary of any kind by Mr. Epstein or anyone else being part of that for which their money was to be used?
Will the hon. Gentleman inform the House what is the object of having a Fine Arts Commission at all if matters such as this, which is a subject of controversy, are not referred to them for decision?