§ MR. COGHILL (Stoke-on-Trent)
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether he has made any proposal to the County Council to add part of the Green Park to Piccadilly, and whether his proposal will be submitted to the House of Commons.
§ THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. AKERS DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
I have made a proposal to the London County Council to the effect that if they will undertake the cost of widening Piccadilly, according to a plan which has been laid before them, I will endeavour to procure the necessary Royal Warrant to obtain a strip of the Green Park required for the purpose. The work, if carried out according to the plan, will in no way injure the park, but will confer an immense boon upon the public at large. I shall be very happy to explain the plan to my hon. friend, and will see that it is placed in the Tea Room for the inspection of hon. Members. As no public money is involved, no Estimate will be submitted to Parliament, but the question could, of course, be discussed on Class II., Vote 25, which still remains to be taken. The procedure in this case is in exact accordance with those precedents where land has been taken from Royal parks for the purpose of widening public streets, where no other conditions are involved.
§ MR. AKERS DOUGLAS
For the greater portion of the way it will be practically 70 feet wide, and wider at Park Lane.