§ 19. Mr. BURNETT
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that during the present hot weather the general public are again denied quiet enjoyment of the Queen Mary Garden in Regent's Park; whether it is his intention to use this retreat annually during the hot weather as a fun fair, with booths on the lawns as at present, or whether he will arrange that these disturbances for collecting funds shall take place in future in a more appropriate part of Regent's Park, or on Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath, or in another public park under his jurisdiction?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)
Queen Mary's Garden was used for the Theatrical Garden Party and for the Post Office Orphanage fête for many years before the administration of the Garden came into the charge of my Department. For this reason I have not thought it desirable to disturb this long standing arrangement, and I do not think there is any more appropriate place for them in any other park under my jurisdiction. I have already given an undertaking not to extend the use of the garden for similar purposes to any other bodies.
§ 20. Mr. OSWALD LEWIS
asked the First Commissioner of Works when the existing lease of St. John's Lodge, Regent's Park, is due to expire; and whether any agreement for a further lease has been or is about to be granted?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
St. John's Lodge is at present unoccupied and is not subject to any lease, but the Commissioners of Crown Lands have agreed to the grant of a lease to the London University for the purposes of a Museum of Archaeology.
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
I believe that condition is already in the lease. Certainly it is contemplated that when the museum is not in actual use for the purposes of instruction the public shall have access to it.