HC Deb 13 July 1936 vol 314 cc1673-4
35. Captain DOWER (for Major STOURTON)

asked the Minister of Pensions, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he is aware of the unsatisfactory planning of the refreshment pavilion recently erected in Kensington Gardens; that the male staff room measuring, approximately, 15 feet by 9 feet, including lavatory accommodation, is used by a staff of 50; that the female staff room is similarly constructed for a staff of more than 30; and the kitchens so laid out that efficient service to the public is impossible; and whether he will cause alterations to be made forthwith?


The First Commissioner is obliged to the hon. and gallant Member for bringing this matter to his notice. It appears that the refreshment pavilion has proved so attractive that, on fine warm days, the resources of the accommodation are strained to the utmost. The Department and the licensee are actively considering what steps can be taken to deal with the situation.

Captain DOWER

Is not the accommodation very inadequate, and can the hon. Gentleman say what steps his Department propose to take in this matter?


Could not the Department have assumed that the pavilion would be used in warm weather and not only during a chilly summer such as we are having; and what would have been the result in this case if we had had a warm summer?


The new pavilion was an experiment, and no one expected that it would be so popular.