Oral Answers to Questions — Members (Filing Cabinets)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Lord President of the Council what progress is being made towards supplying each private Member who so requests with more than one filing cabinet.

Photo of Mr Gerald Wills Mr Gerald Wills , Bridgwater

I have been asked to reply.

The number of filing cabinets issued to Members depends largely on space. A Member who has a single room can have a second filing cabinet if he wants one but there is normally insufficient space in Members' desk rooms for the provision of a second filing cabinet for each Member.

Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that, within hours of asking my Questions last week about the provision of desks for new hon. Members within the precincts, I was offered one? May I ask him whether that is establishing a precedent, so that if all new hon. Members table similar Questions they will get new desks?

Sir G. Wells:

I am glad to hear the efficacy of the hon. Gentleman's efforts so far.

Photo of Mr John Smith Mr John Smith , Cities of London and Westminster

Is not this tinkering with the problem? Is not the spirit of the age after much bigger game than filing cabinets? Is it not the truth that we cannot do our job by our constituents in a building designed as an early Victorian club, charming though it is, and ought we not to clear out of here, Galleries and all—

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. The hon. Gentleman cannot make a speech. Questions should be brief.

Sir G. Wells:

I think that that raises rather a wider question.