HC Deb 01 May 1913 vol 52 cc1356-7

asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether a Committee has been appointed to consider the improvement of the approach to the Admiralty Arch; and, if so, whether such Committee has met; and when it is likely to issue its Report?

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)

A Committee has been appointed, consisting of Lord Plymouth, Mr. Blomfield, and Mr. Lionel Earle, Secretary of the Office of Works, representing the Government; the Chairman of the London County Council (Lord Peel), and Mr. Andrew Taylor, Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the Improvements Committee, representing the London County Council; and Mr. Lyon Thomson, Mayor, Mr. Somers Cocks, ex-Mayor, and Mr. Davis, Chairman of the Improvements Committee, representing the Westminster City Council. The full Committee has not yet met, but various meetings have been held and negotiations are in progress. The First Commissioner regrets that it is impossible at this stage to say when the Report can be issued.


Can the hon. Gentleman say what will be the expense to the nation?


I think it would be unwise to make any statement until we know the result of the negotiations.