National Gallery (Stonework)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works on what occasion the stonework of the National Gallery was last cleaned; and what estimate he has made of the cost of cleaning it now.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

The stonework of the National Gallery was last cleaned in 1951. The estimated cost of cleaning it now is£7,500.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that it has already got into a shockingly dirty state and that there is not much point in floodlighting a building as dirty as this? Can my right hon. Friend see if he can get it cleaned?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Rippon Mr Geoffrey Rippon , Norwich South

I do not accept the premise.