§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will ensure that the Metropolitan police, the British Transport police, London Underground, London Buses, the London fire service, the London ambulance service, the St. Johns Ambulance, London district, the City of Westminster safety officer, the Health and Safety Executive, Westminster city council and the hon. Members for the City of London and Westminster, South (Mr. Brooke) and for Westminster, North are consulted as to safety, the use of resources and the wider public interest before the royal parks in central London are considered for use for profit or non-profit making public events.
§ Sir George Young
There are more than 200 events each year in the central royal parks. Many of them are attended by relatively small numbers of people and it is not necessary to consult on every occasion on the scale suggested. My Department is discussing with the Home Office future arrangements for dealing with large events in the parks including consultation with other parties. I will write to my hon. Friend when proposals have been prepared.