The hon. Member was not here at the beginning of Question Time when I said—and I repeat it, because it is worth repeating—that I did not put these sets in because I liked doing it but because I was instructed to do so by the Services Committee of this House, of which several hon. Members opposite are very prominent members.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this matter is not something within the discretion of his Department; neither is it in the discretion of the Government? This is a conscious act of a Committee of the Legislature—a Select Committee of this House—and he should not be held accountable in this place for such expenditure.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that these sets are so wired that they could be used for a closed circuit transmission of the proceedings of this House? Will he see that they are used for this purpose?
That possibility frightens the life out of me. The old machine annunciators were virtually worn out. I understand that when the Services Committee considered the matter it was told that it would be cheaper to replace them by a television system than by a modern type of machine system. The present television system also provides much more flexibility in operation.