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Metropolis—Cab Shelter In Palace Yard—Question

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 4 May 1876

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asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether it is possible to provide some shelter (which shall not be a disfigurement) for the cabmen who stand in Palace Yard in all weathers and all hours waiting for the conveyance of Members from the House?

I am happy to inform my hon. Friend the Member for Shaftesbury that I have accepted the liberal offer of the Cabmen's Shelter Association to place one of their "shelters" in Palace Yard. As to whether it will be a disfigurement, I can only say I cannot imagine it will contribute to the architectural features of Palace Square; but it will be only experimental, and be removed when Parliament is not sitting. I hope the experiment may prove successful, and may induce cabmen not to leave hon. Members, at all hours and in all weathers, to find their way home as best they can.