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House Of Commons (Lobby Panels)

Volume 52: debated on Thursday 24 April 1913

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asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, what was the date of completion of the two mosaic panels in the outer Lobby representing the patron saints of England and Wales; and whether it is proposed to complete the decoration of the outer Lobby by the addition of similar mosaics in the two vacant panels in order that the patron saints of Scotland and Ireland may be similarly honoured?

One of the two panels was placed in position in 1869, the second one in 1898. As to the completion of the other two, the First Commissioner can only refer to the answer given by his predecessor in 1908 in which it was suggested that the work would form a suitable object for private benefaction.

Were the two panels at present up paid for by private benefactions or out of public money?

Why is this distinction drawn between the patron saints of England and Wales, in respect of whom public money is voted, and the patron saints of Scotland and Ireland, in favour of whom my hon. Friend invites private benefactions?

There is no distinction drawn between any patron saints. There is no money in the Estimates.