HC Deb 08 March 1911 vol 22 c1213

asked the hon. Member for Southampton, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether a large portion of Richmond Park had been taken for a private lawn tennis ground near the White Lodge; and, if so, whether he would state the reason for railing off a portion of a public park for the use of privileged persons?

The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Mr. Dudley Ward)

A small space has been temporarily hurdled off in order to protect the newly-laid turf. The hurdles will be removed so soon as the condition of the turf is satisfactory, and no part of the park will be permanently withdrawn from public use. The ground will be occasionally used by the establishment at White Lodge for cricket. The cost of the improvement will not fall on public funds.