HC Deb 03 July 1935 vol 303 cc1855-6
38. Major CARVER

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will consult with His Majesty's Custom House authorities and have the unsightly temporary huts removed from Custom House Quay, in Lower Thames Street, in view of the fact that there is now other accommodation available nearby; and, as it is about 20 years since the public have been allowed to use this riverside promenade, whether he will see that this rightful privilege of access is restored to those who work in this area?

Major GEORGE DAVIES (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. The necessary steps have already been taken to consult the Board of Customs and Excise on this suggestion, and, as my hon. and gallant Friend was informed on the 30th May, in view of the extensive additional duties imposed on the Custom and Excise officials by recent legislation, the removal of the staffs now housed in the huts on the quay cannot be contemplated at present.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that for hundreds of years City workers have been able to use these for rest and recreation, and that it was only a war-time restriction? Will he ask his right hon. Friend to exercise the rights that he holds for public amenities and restore the privilege?


I will certainly convey that to my right hon. Friend.