Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Chamber (Big Ben Chimes).

– in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of making arrangements to relay the chimes of Big Ben so that they can be heard in the Chamber, not so loudly as to interfere with proceedings but with sufficient clarity to provide a reminder for the Member who is speaking of the passage of time?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I do not think my hon. Friend's suggestion would serve the purpose which he has in view.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Could not some volume control be fitted in connection with my suggestion?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I think, in order to achieve the hon. Gentleman's object, the volume control should be fitted to the Member and not to the clock.

Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider providing the Clerk at the Table with a gong?