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London Parks (Waste Paper)

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can give an estimate of the cost incurred monthly by his Department in gathering waste paper and refuse deposited by visitors to the London parks?

The average monthly expenditure during the summer months is £400, and £90 during the winter months.

Can the right hon. Gentleman bring this waste to the notice of the public?

I am much obliged to my hon. Friend for having mentioned that very desirable object. No doubt there is much money spent in this way which could be saved if the public would take more care.

Would it not be well to give the officials instructions to remonstrate with these who are careless, which, to my own certain knowledge, they never do?

Would not this cost he very much reduced if more receptacles for waste paper were placed in the parks?

The best way to reduce the cost is for the public not to scatter so much waste paper about.