Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Chamber.

– in the House of Commons on 5th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will invite suggestions and plans for the new House of Commons from architects so as to ensure the fullest advantage of sun-aspect and natural ventilation or air conditioning and provide the necessary additional accommodation for Members, visitors and the Press of the outside Empire and the United States of America?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I understand that preliminary information is being collected by the Ministry of Works and Buildings with a view to the preparation of plans and the starting of the work when hostilities are over. As has already been announced, the House will be consulted before final plans are made. There is no question of altering the traditional character of the Chamber.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

While accepting that fact may I ask the Prime Minister whether attention is being paid to the earnest representations of the Overseas Empire Press and the Press of the United States that they should be given better accommodation in this House?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

That, I think, is being put right.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Will the Prime Minister see that the traditional character of the ventilation of the old House of Commons is changed?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I especially excepted that traditional feature.