Hyde Park (East Carriage Drive)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Photo of Dr Alan Glyn Dr Alan Glyn , Wandsworth Clapham 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works, in view of the fact that the East Carriage Drive in Hyde Park has now been made a major traffic artery, if he will construct a horse ride parallel to it, and thereby complete the circuit for riders in the Park.

Photo of Dr Alan Glyn Dr Alan Glyn , Wandsworth Clapham

Would my hon. Friend agree that now when there is very heavy goods traffic moving down this road at increased speed there is a case for restoring the pre-war track? Would he further agree that, although the number of civilian riders in the Row may be reduced, two squadrons of 230 horses of the Household Cavalry carry out their entire training in the Row?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

I recognise my hon. Friend's interest, but it would be very expensive to construct a track at this time and there is little use for it apart from its use by the Household Cavalry.