§ Sir JOHN ROLLESTON
asked whether, now that the traffic has increased through the opening of the Admiralty arch, the First Commissioner will forthwith consider throwing so much of the garden of St. James's Palace into the public thoroughfare at Marlborough Gate as will enable an adequate footway to be made along the west side of the roadway, in order to lessen the risk to pedestrians at an unprotected corner, and to convert this dangerous passage into a thoroughfare more convenient to the public and more compatible with its regal surroundings?
The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Mr. Dudley Ward)
The increase of traffic appears to be from Constitution Hill and Buckingham Gate rather than from Marlborough Gate. There have been no accidents, and no reports of danger from accidents at the point mentioned by the hon. Member. The First Commissioner does not at present propose to take any action in the direction suggested.
§ Sir J. ROLLESTON
Is there any real reason why the conversion of this squalid passage into a decent thoroughfare which is so largely used by the public between the two Royal palaces, should not be undertaken?
Mr. DUDLEY WARD
It would cost a lot of money, and disturb a number of people without justification for it.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that if there have been very few accidents it is owing to people being afraid to go there?