HC Deb 14 June 1933 vol 279 cc156-7
14. Lieut.-Colonel APPLIN

asked the First Commissioner of Works, with regard to the proposal to raise the parapet of the Terrace of the Palace of Westminster by a foot, whether he will assure the House that the Terrace will also be raised by the same amount?


It is not proposed to raise the general level of the floor of the Terrace, but to construct a wall walk approximately seven inches higher than the Terrace level adjacent to the parapet in accordance with the designs exhibited in the Tea Room in 1931.

Lieut.-Colonel APPLIN

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the constituents of Members of Parliament will be unable to see their Members at recreation on the Terrace, and does he not think that a wall made higher would spoil the amenities of the Terrace altogether?


I do not think so. The parapet has to be raised to prevent the risk of flooding. In order that Members can have the opportunity, as at present, of seeing over the parapet and looking on to the river, there will be a raised pavement under the heightened parapet. There is no point in going to great expense in raising the whole floor of the Terrace.


Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he will not spend any unnecessary money on this scheme?