HC Deb 17 April 1888 vol 324 c1488
MR. S. SMITH (Flintshire)

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether it is with his sanction that grass is being laid down along portions of the side of the Lake in St. James's Park, and railings are being erected, whereby children are debarred from their accustomed access to the water; and, whether it is intended to extend this process so as entirely to exclude for the future children from having access to the Lake?


, in reply, said, it was true that grass was being substituted for the unsightly flints which lined a portion of the Lake, and that railings were being put up to protect the grass whilst it was growing. So far as the railings had the effect of keeping the children away from what the hon. Member termed their "accustomed access to the water," he thought it would be a good thing, as he did not know what they wanted to have access to the water for, except to fall in.


pointed out that children were in the habit of sailing boats in the Lake.


said, he believed that the railings would not go all round the water.