HC Deb 10 June 1969 vol 784 cc1203-4
1 and 2. Mr. Strauss

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works (1) whether he will illuminate suitable parts of St. James's Park; and

(2) what estimate he has made of the capital and annual operational cost of illuminating suitable parts of St. James's Park.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Public Building and Works (Mr. Charles Loughlin)

My right hon. Friend is much attracted by this proposal, and he hopes to be able to carry out a modest scheme, costing perhaps £2,000–£3,000, in due course. The operating cost should not be more than £400 a year.

Mr. Strauss

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising hope that something will be done here. Does not he agree that St. James's Park, if skilfully illuminated, would be enchanting and would add greatly to the attractiveness of London? Is there a chance of this being done by next summer?

Mr. Loughlin

I would not like to commit myself to when it would be done, but I agree with my right hon. Friend that floodlighting would make the park enchanting. However, if we spend money on this project, even though the amount is small, we shall possibly be unable to do something much more essential.