Committee Rooms (Interpretation Facilities)

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley 12:00 am, 30th November 1966

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will arrange for at least one Committee Room in the House to be equipped for simultaneous interpretation to facilitate discussions between Members and distinguished foreign delegations.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

Arrangements already exist for simultaneous translation equipment and appropriate interpreters to be provided at reasonable notice in Committee Rooms 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 and in the Grand Committee Room off Westminster Hall.

Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley

I thank my right hon. Friend for that information. Would he not agree that it might encourage the use of this technique if at least one Committee Room were permanently equipped with the electronic equipment necessary, so that a lot of notice need not be given?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

I should have thought that the present arrangements were adequate in terms of the demand.