Oral Answers to Questions — Houses of Parliament (Telephone Cabinets).

– in the House of Commons on 22nd May 1931.

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Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will take the necessary steps to see that the telephone boxes in the Palace of Westminster are made sound-proof.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

The Office of Works is responsible for 8 only of the 29 telephone cabinets within the Palace of Westminster. Steps have been taken recently to render three of these cabinets sound proof, and consideration is being given as to the best treatment of the remainder. I understand that my hon. Friend the Postmaster-General is giving consideration to the sound-proof qualities of the remainder of the telephone cabinets.

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

Will the hon. Gentleman ask his right hon. Friend to test these boxes in the House of Commons and compare them with the kiosks outside?

Photo of Sir Frederick Penny Sir Frederick Penny , Kingston upon Thames

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I put down a similar question in December last; and is this another instance of the rapidity with which the Department deals with its work?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

I am not aware of that fact, but I will call my right hon. Friend's attention to the point raised by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Chorley (Mr. Hacking).

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the telephone boxes just outside the Chamber have been made into most perfect sound conductors, and that everything which goes on inside them can be heard all over the House?