HC Deb 15 April 1919 vol 114 c2744W

asked the First Commissioner of Works why the middle gate at Hyde Park Corner is still closed; whether this gate was closed for the defence of the realm, and whether any danger the closing of these gates may have averted is now past?


The gate was closed in connection with the use of the searchlight on the top of the arch, and when the light was removed and the necessary repairs to the roadway had been effected the gate was opened on One occasion, but the confusion which arose with the traffic owing to the reduced lighting was so serious that the police advised that it should be kept closed until such time as the lighting restrictions could be removed entirely.