HC Deb 23 June 1931 vol 254 c233
75. Mr. MILLS

asked the First Commissioner of Works if any approximate figures exist of the number of school children who visit the Palace of Westminster yearly; whether he is aware that many hundreds come long distances bringing food with them; and whether, owing to the frequency of rain, he will consider the erection of some shelter in the adjoining gardens or in or near St. James's Park where liquid refreshment could be provided?


I have no record of the number of children who visit the Palace of Westminster. I do not consider it possible, however, to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion either in relation to Victoria Tower Gardens or St. James's Park.


Is the First Commissioner aware that at the end of the Victoria Gardens there are, and have been for two or three years, contractors' houses and shelters? Could they not, when that contract is terminated, be used?


That is a matter which could be considered when the contract is finished, but at present it is quite useless.

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