Westminster Hall Offices (Reconditioning)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Billericay 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Minister of Works whether he will now take steps to speed up reconditioning of the offices on the west side of Westminster Hall.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I will certainly see that these offices are reconditioned as quickly as possible, but the internal work cannot be done until the repairs to this section of the external stonework are completed.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Billericay

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him if he is aware that these offices, which have been lying derelict for some time, used to be occupied by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which now occupies rather restricted and dingy premises? In view of the fact that the Association receives an increasing flow of visitors from overseas will he give very special attention to this problem?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Yes, Sir, I am very anxious that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association should get back into its offices.