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Hyde Park—The Serpentine

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 30 June 1870

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said, he wished to ask the First Commissioner of Works, Whether he contemplates making any new regulations with respect to bathing in the Serpentine; and, whether he will take into his consideration the desirability of setting aside some special place for that purpose for the use of the public under due regulations; and also, if possible, of affording some slight extra accommodation for those who might be willing to pay for it?

said, in reply, that the subject of affording greater facilities for bathing in the several parks had engaged his attention. There was, how- ever, he found, great difficulty in carrying out the plan which the Question suggested, while the cost of constructing suitable bathing-places would be considerable. It was not easy to do anything in the matter owing to the want of power on the part of any person to enforce suitable regulations. The subject would, however, be considered before next Session, and something with respect to it might, he hoped, be done.