Hadrian's Wall.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons. – in the House of Commons on 14th April 1930.

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Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been called to the intention of a private company to carry out extensive quarrying operations at Hadrian's Wall; and whether it is his intention to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, in view of the fact that the proposed quarries in the vicinity of Housesteads (Borcovicus) would actually lie within the boundaries of the Roman fortifications, between the wall and the lines of the vallum, steps can be taken to preserve intact this section of our greatest monument of Roman Britain?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I can only say at the moment that my Department is giving anxious consideration to this matter.

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

How did it arise that the First Commissioned or his Department did not at the outset forbid this outrage against a national treasure?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

Simply because the First Commissioner is not endowed with the power of a Mussolini.

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

Will the right hon. Gentleman, therefore, administer a rebuke to the local authorities in Northumberland and impress upon them the value of these historic monuments?

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the outburst of spontaneous indignation which has occurred in every part of the country, particularly in Northumberland, against this outrage?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I am well aware of the indignation that has been aroused, and I think the House will be well advised to allow the matter to be investigated and the whole of the facts to be taken into consideration, and meantime to suspend judgment.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Cannot the whole system of these fortifications, walls, intervening spaces, milestones and vallums, be scheduled at once as ancient monuments?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

My hon. and gallant Friend has asked me why something that has already been done is not done.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Has the vallum been scheduled as an ancient monument, and not only the wall?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

That is one of the matters which is being considered.