HC Deb 08 April 1859 vol 153 cc1560-1

said, he had given notice of his intention to ask the Chief Commissioner of Works, whether the Government will have made up their minds by the meeting of the new Parliament (seeing that Berkeley House is now pulled down) as to making a carriage road by the side of Berkeley House, from Cock-spur Street and Charing Cross, into St. James's Park. The Board of Works had purchased Berkeley House, and were not only favourable to the plan he referred to, but were also willing to give twenty-five feet of ground towards carrying it out. The improvement had been recommended by a Committee of that House; it would be a great public convenience, and would not entail any additional expense upon the country. The house opposite to Berkeley House belonged to the country, and if the present opportunity were missed another would not soon occur. He wished, however, to ask the noble Lord the Chief Commissioner of Works whether he would promise not to take any steps which would prevent any hon. Member in the next Parliament from taking the sense of the House upon the subject.


said, the question which the hon. Gentleman had put was not the same as that which appeared upon the paper. The question which the hon. Gentleman intended to ask was, "Whether the Government will have made up their minds by the meeting of the new Parliament," &c. To that question he (Lord John Manners), not possessing the gift of prophecy, would have found it difficult to give a satisfactory reply. The hon. Gentleman, however, had asked a different question — whether any steps would be taken to prevent the new Parliament from expressing an opinion upon the subject. He could only say that he proposed to take no such steps, and that even if he did it would be out of his power to prevent the new House of Commons from expressing any opinion which its Members might entertain.