§ 40. Mr. PARKER
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will take the initiative in persuading the various authorities concerned to remove the ugly railings round Parliament Square and outside Westminster Abbey?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)
The hon. Member's suggestion as regards Parliament Square was carefully considered some years ago, and the conclusion was reached that it would increase traffic difficulties because people crossing the Square would tend to take short cuts across the grass, and to cross the roads at various points. There is the further objection that the grass would become worn and unsightly, especially when crowds assemble in the Square on the occasion of weddings or processions. While I personally agree with the hon. Member that the Parliament Square railings are ugly, it must be borne in mind that they were much admired when they were put up.
§ Mr. PARKER
Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Commission whether anything can be done for the removal of the iron railings round the centre of the Square?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
Those were what I alluded to. When they were designed articles appeared saying that they were masterpieces. We do not like them to-day, as we do not like a lot of the decorations in this House.