HC Deb 21 March 1899 vol 68 cc1558-9
MR. DONAL SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)

On behalf of the honourable Member for North Louth I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he could state the number of miles of road per square mile in the London and Dublin Royal parks, the comparative cost of maintenance per mile, and the number of men employed in each case on road work?


The number of miles of carriage road per mile in London Royal Parks (including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James's Park, Green Park, Regent's Park, and Primrose Hill) is a little over six; in Phoenix Park, Dublin, it is a little under six. The annual cost of maintenance per mile is £697 in London and £124 in Dublin. The difference is due partly to the far heavier traffic in the London parks and partly to the greater width of the roads. The cost per square yard of road is, in Dublin 2½d. per annum; in London l0½d.—or, if Greenwich, Richmond, and Bushey Parks are included, 5½d. per annum. The number of men daily employed by the Department is 30 in London and 27 in Dublin; but in London there is also a good deal of work done by contract. The figure in the latter case includes men employed on stone-breaking.