§ 23. Mr. WHYTE
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, in view of the small cost involved, he will consider raising by about one foot the existing wooden platforms already fitted with benches and tables, so that the restricted view from the Terrace of the House of Commons, due to the raising of the parapet, may be overcome?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
Until all the scaffolding has been removed and I can see the full effect of any changes proposed, I do not wish to incur any expenditure or carry out any experiments on the Terrace. Having regard to the limited use made of the existing platforms, and the greater obstruction which would be caused by the increased size of the platforms which would be necessary to give effect to my hon. Friend's suggestion, I do not consider that the balance of advantage would lie in the direction of a further raising of the height of the platforms in question.
§ Mr. BURNETT
Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the retention of this obstruction is not in any way connected with the awkward questions that might be asked about Waterloo Bridge demolition?