HC Deb 24 July 1967 vol 751 c23
2. Mr. Berry

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what arrangements are made for the parking of coaches and other vehicles in the Royal Parks in the area of Buckingham Palace, particularly during the tourist season; whether he is satisfied with those arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Prentice

Both sides of Constitution Hill are available from 11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. for the free parking of about 100 coaches for visitors to see the Changing of the Guard. Otherwise, coaches are directed to off-street coach parks outside St. James's and Green Parks.

Free parking for other motor vehicles is allowed at any time on parts of Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards' Approach Road.

Mr. Berry

Would the right hon. Gentleman not agree that there has been congestion this summer in Constitution Hill in the mornings, and as it is right to encourage tourists to come here while also having free use of the road for those who wish to pass, will he consider allowing parking at the far end of the Mall in the side road between the Duke of York's steps and Marlborough House?

Mr. Prentice

It has been our practice to keep the Mall clear because of the desirability of keeping the vista open. I should like to think about the side roads. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman might care to expand his ideas in a letter and then we can give them consideration.