§ Mr. BOYTON
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the whole of the boats on the Regent's Park lake are the property of the watermen licensed or authorised by the Office of Works; if these boats are available to the public generally; whether boats can be kept for the exclusive use of any persons; and whether residents on the banks of the lake can own boats and be free to use them?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN
The licensee for the boats in Regent's Park has eighty boats, and these are all available for the use of the public. There are, however, a small proportion (about seven) of light boats which are only let to those who are competent to make use of them, and are not let at all when the lake is crowded. No boats can be kept by the licensee for the exclusive use of any persons. Residents on the banks of the lake can only keen a boat on the lake with the Board's authority.