Oral Answers to Questions — Members and Lobby Correspondents

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

asked the Lord President of the Council what proposals he has to improve the conditions under which hon. Members and Lobby correspondents meet in the House.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I would refer the hon. Member to an answer given by my predecessor to the hon. Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. Hamling) on 13th July last[Vol. 731, c. 1455–56.]

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

While recognising that there is a shortage of accommodation, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman would agree that it would make for easier contact and perhaps even better results with Lobby correspondents if there were a room in which we could create a smoking room atmosphere? Will he consider reviving what was called "Annie's Bar".

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I had half a thought that that would come into it. All I can say about "Annie's Bar" at the moment is that the whole question is in a very fluid state and under consideration.