HC Deb 08 April 1919 vol 114 c1859
81. Sir P. GOFF

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will consider the advisability of changing the present site of the cabmen's shelter in New Palace Yard to some other less conspicuous position, on the ground that its present appearance is an eyesore amongst the Gothic surroundings; and whether the shelter serves any useful purpose?


The desirability of changing the site of the shelter has already appealed to the First Commissioner of Works, and it is proposed to remove it to a site nearer the Colonnade, taking the opportunity to repaint and repair the structure. The shelter serves the purpose of providing cover and hot food for the cabmen waiting in New Palace Yard, and could not be removed without hardship.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that my reason for asking the second part of the question is that many Members on several occasions have been unable to get cabs in New Palace Yard, although three or four were standing on the rank at the time and sometimes waiting there for over an hour, and I find in the regulations that two-thirds of all vehicles standing upon the cab ranks in London must be available for immediate hire?


I will convey that information to my right hon. Friend.

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