Oral Answers to Questions — Palace of Westminster (Heating and Lighting).

– in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

asked Mr. Speaker whether he will arrange for Parliament to practise economy in fuel by discontinuing the artificial heating of the Palace of Westminster which has been continued up to 17th June, and reducing the number of electric lights kept burning by day.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The regulation of the heating and lighting of the Chamber, and those parts of the Palace of Westminster reserved for the use of hon. Members, falls within the responsibility of the Serjeant at Arms, and the Serjeant at Arms consults, as far as he can, the convenience of Members generally. This is not an easy matter, as opinions are apt to vary here as elsewhere about the ideal temperature, nor does the thermometer necessarily conform to the calendar, as the hon. Member seems to suggest. If the hon. Member has any suggestions to make for improvements in economy of fuel here, he can count on their receiving due consideration, if he will bring them to the notice of the Serjeant at Arms Department.