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MR. Neville Chamberlain (Statue)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1964.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 23rd January 1964

asked the Prime Minister if he will move for a Select Committee to consider the desirability of placing a statue of the late Mr. Neville Chamberlain in the precincts of the Palace of Westminster.

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

These matters would usually first be discussed informally between the parties.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Will the Prime Minister initiate such discussions, because Mr. Chamberlain really has a claim on the affections of the House and the country as a pioneer in the public ownership of banking? If the right hon. Gentleman is ashamed of his association with the appeasement policy, does not he nevertheless consider that a suitable memorial to Mr. Chamberlain would be the continuation and extension of the principle of public ownership of the banking system?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I do not think that to peg a supplementary question of that kind on an original Question such as this receives much support in any quarter of the House.

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

Has my right hon. Friend considered the desirability of placing a statue in the Palace of the late Mr. Ramsay MacDonald?