asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether his attention has been directed to the offensive effluvium from the ornamental waters in St. James's Park which has prevailed for some time past; and, if so, whether he is prepared to remedy the evil before it is intensified by the heat of summer?
, in reply, said, his attention was called to the matter under notice in consequence of the Question of the hon. Member. The lake in St. James's Park was thoroughly cleaned out in December last. Since then a considerable quantity of water had been pumped into it; but for a short time there had been a dry season, and that supply was lessened. Since then there had been a plentiful supply of water. He thought the hon. Gentleman would agree with him that it would be most unsafe at this time, when the hot weather was approaching, if he were to set to work to have the lake drained off again in order to remove the deposit.