HC Deb 31 July 1868 vol 193 cc1941-2

said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, with the sanction of the Treasury, have abandoned the scheme of forming a new wide street immediately opposite the Horse Guards, from Whitehall, through Whitehall Yard to the Thames Embankment, as planned by Mr. Pennethorne, in his Report of the 24th April 1868, and stated by him to form a handsome approach to the Embankment from Buckingham Palace, the Park, and the Horse Guards, with the Public Offices South thereof, and to furnish fine sites available for the erection of public buildings, or for private houses and offices, and that the said street passes wholly through Crown property, the leases of which have all terminated; whether the Commissioners of Woods and Forests have so determined in consequence of the Metropolitan Board of Works having decided not to make the street opposite the Horse Guards at the expense of the Metropolis, but to make a thoroughfare to the Embankment through Whitehall Place; and, whether the Treasury is not of opinion that if the new street be formed through Whitehall Yard, as designed by Mr. Pennethorne, it would nearly double the present value of the Crown property through which it passes?


said, that his hon. Friend (Mr. Sclater-Booth) had left town, and that he was not able to answer the Question for him.