§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that for many years past the principal footpaths in Hyde Park have been topped with shell gravel, whereas this year coarse gravel has been used for this purpose, to the great discomfort of many pedestrians; and whether he will take steps to have the former practice reverted to?
§ THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. AKERS-DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
The point raised by the hon. Member came under my notice some weeks ago. Owing to the increased demand, and at the same time to the diminishing supply, it is yearly getting more difficult to obtain shell shingle free from pebble. I am doing all I can, by raking, and frequent rolling and watering, to remedy the evil, which has necessarily become aggravated by the abnormally dry weather of the past few weeks.