§ 58. Mr. PENNY
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, in view of the ever-increasing volume of vehicular traffic crossing and in the vicinity of Westminster Bridge, he can now see his way to facilitate approach on foot to the Houses of Parliament by reopening the Embankment subway entrance?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Jowett)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave on the 20th February last to a similar ques- 33 tion by the hon. Member for Bow and Bromley (Mr. Lansbury), and of which I am sending him a copy.
§ Mr. PENNY
I am well aware of that answer, but is this high official himself experiencing any inconvenience owing to this entrance not being reopened; and is the right hon. Gentleman aware there are a great many people who would like to use this gateway, and who would find it a great convenience in getting into the House?
§ Mr. JOWETT
My information is that it was very little used, but if there is a sufficient demand by Members to have this subway reopened, I will approach the Lord Great Chamberlain again on the subject. If it should be reopened, it will involve the cost of one or two extra police.
§ Mr. LANSBURY
How are we to let the right hon. Gentleman know that there is such a demand? Is he aware that a considerable number of us risk our lives every time we come to the House, as this is one of the very worst crossings in London?