§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN (Birmingham, W.)
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works when the extension of the Temperate House at the Royal Gardens, Kew, recently sanctioned, will be commenced; and, whether the delay has been caused by the Office of Works, or by the authorities at the Gardens?
§ *THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. HERBERT GLADSTONE,) Leeds, W.
Preparations for the extension of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens are being made with all possible dispatch, and tenders will be invited almost immediately, so that the work will probably be ready to be put in hand about the beginning of June. There has been no avoidable delay on the part of the Office of Works, and nothing but the most harmonious co-operation on that of the Director of Kew Gardens.