HC Deb 30 January 1913 vol 47 c1497

asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, why the Government have been advised to sell the vacant land at the entrance to the Mall, in Cockspur Street, having regard to the fact that permanent buildings will be placed thereupon and therefore preclude all chance of the Admiralty Arch having an approach to Trafalgar Square adequate to its position; and whether this means that all idea of acquiring part of Drummond's Bank and the opposite corner have now been abandoned?

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)

The land referred to belongs to the London County Council. I am informed that they have sold it, thereby precluding, as the hon. Member rightly says, all chance of the construction of a worthy approach to the Admiralty Arch.