§ MR. STRAUS (Tower Hamlets, Mile End)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that His Majesty's Commissioners of Woods and Forests, in their design for the rebuilding of Regent Street, have proposed the reduction of space above the ground floor to the extent of 2,638 feet; and whether he can see his way to prevent any diminution of the existing area in this thoroughfare.
§ MR. MCKENNA
I am informed that no complete design has boon settled for the rebuilding of Regent Street other than the Quadrant, but, as the houses in the whole street will be rebuilt in the near future by degrees either singly or a few at a time, a general building line for the whole street has been agreed between the Commissioner of Woods and the London County Council. I believe a reduction of 3,400 feet in the area at present occupied is contemplated, but as the upper storeys of many of the houses will be built further out than at present, I understand that there will be no loss in cubic contents, and it is not expected that the Land Revenue will be adversely affected. On the other hand, the street will be widened.