Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Rebuilding).

– in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings, whether, in rebuilding the House of Commons, he will consider so enlarging the Chamber as to include the space occupied by the old Division Lobbies, new ones being provided over arcades to be constructed in the adjacent courts?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

I am grateful to the hon. Member for his suggestions, which will be borne in mind when plans for rebuilding the House of Commons are under consideration. I would, however, refer to the Reply given by the Prime Minister on 19th June, 1941, to the hon. and gallant Member for West Leeds (Major V. Adams) in which he indicated the desirability of reconstructing the Chamber with only minor alterations in its size, shape or character.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Would it not be an encouragement to Members to attend better if they were sure of comfortable seats?

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Have any opportunities been offered to the various architects to submit designs for the new House?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

No, Sir, not at the moment.