HC Deb 30 March 1914 vol 60 cc806-7

asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the Fist Commissioner of Works, whether, in view of the opinion expressed by the traffic branch of the Board of Trade in the last Report that a road from Newgate Street to Finsbury and Bishopsgate may probably become necessary on the completion of the new St. Paul's Bridge, and that a road in that position would do much to lessen the congestion of traffic in Mansion House Place, he will consider the desirability of so arranging the south end of the new Post Office buildings that no interference with Wren's church, St. Vedast, in Foster Lane, need arise in the event of the road in question being made at some future time; and whether he will confer with the authorities concerned with metropolitan improvements before deciding on the plans of the proposed buildings?

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)

In view of the very considerable surrenders of land already agreed to for the purpose of street improvement in St. Martin's-le-Grand and Gresham-street, the First Commissioner has not found it possible, with due regard to the public interest, to take account of the scheme for a new thoroughfare on the south side of the site. Moreover, the First Commissioner understands that the Corporation has in fact no intention of constructing a new street at this point.