HC Deb 03 March 1884 vol 285 cc354-5

asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether it is his intention to bring in a Bill this year or next to abolish all private gates, bars, and posts which obstruct the public thoroughfares in the Metropolis, in accordance with the views expressed by the Home Secretary to a Deputation on the subject, to the effect that he was the best person to bring in such a Bill, and that it would have his approval?


In reply to my hon. Friend, I may state that I am advised that such a Bill as he refers to would require the usual Notices to be given in November, and could not, therefore, be introduced this year. With regard to next year, I cannot undertake to commit the Metropolitan Board to any course of action. The matter has been at various times considered by the Board; but it raises large questions of compensation, and presents many points of difficulty.