Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Ladies in Dining Rooms).

– in the House of Commons at on 24 July 1924.

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Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

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asked the right hon. Member for Cheltenham, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, whether he is aware of the anomaly that a lady Member of the House can entertain a gentleman friend in the Stranger's Dining Boom, whereas a male Member of the. House is not permitted to entertain a lady friend in the said room; and will he undertake to rectify this anomaly?

Photo of Sir James Agg-Gardner Sir James Agg-Gardner , Cheltenham

This suggestion has been considered more than once by the Kitchen Committee, and we regret that, owing to the restricted dining room accommodation, its adoption is impracticable. Further, I would remind the hon. Member that there are already three dining rooms to which ladies may be invited to dinner, while there is only one room in which a Member can entertain his male friends.

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that this is the most attractive of the dining rooms?

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

To counterbalance this, could we apply for a few men's tickets in the Ladies' Gallery? There is always room there, the other gallery is crowded.

Photo of Dorothy Jewson Dorothy Jewson , Norwich

Could the hon. Gentleman make it perfectly clear that lady Members have no special privileges, because they cannot take their friends in any more than the men can? It ought to be clear to the House that we have no special privileges.

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

May I ask the right hon. Member whether he is prepared to induce the Government to go to the country on this question?