§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
asked the hon. Member for St. Georgs's-in-the-East whether it has been the habit of public elementary schools for years past to take their children for educational purposes to Hampton Court Palace; whether he is aware that the charge of 3d. per head now prevents large schools from attending; and whether he can see his way to omit the charge in the case of public scholars attended by their teachers?
§ Mr. W. BENN
The First Commissioner is aware that parties of children from public elementary schools visit Hampton Court Palace. In view, however, of the absolute necessity to protect from damage at this particular moment all buildings and objects of great historical interests, he regrets that he does not see his way at present to admit large parties free of charge, although he has already consented to reduce the charge by one-half in cases of parties.