Oral Answers to Questions — Palace of Westminster (Reconstruction).

– in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether, in deciding upon any scheme of reconstruction of the Palace of Westminster, he will take into consideration the lack of accommodation for Members of the Commons, both in the former Chamber and in the Library and Smoking Rooms, and the total absence of rooms for interviewing visitors; and whether he will consider the possibility of obtaining permission for the Commons to continue to use the Chamber at present occupied and make use of the site of the Commons' former Chamber to provide the additional accommodation required?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

I am grateful to the hon. and gallant Member for his suggestions, which will be borne in mind when proposals for the reconstruction of the Palace of Westminster are under consideration. In regard to the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given by the Prime Minister on 19th June, 1941, to the hon. and gallant Member for West Leeds (Major Adams).

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Will my hon. Friend agree to appoint a small committee of Members of this House to make recommendations on this subject?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

The proposal has been made before and duly noted.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Will my hon. Friend answer whether he will do so?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

I cannot guarantee that now.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Will the Minister give an assurance that no plans will be approved without the House having an opportunity of expressing an opinion upon them, as it is really awful that we cannot receive visitors in this House?

Viscountess Astor:

Is it at all likely that any of the Members of the present House will be here at the time of the rebuilding?