Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the problems of some elderly and unfit Members of Parliament—[H0N. MEMBERS: "Name them."]. It would be unfair at Christmas to name them. Such hon. Members have problems getting to the Division Lobbies from their distant offices in the eight minutes allowed. Will my right hon. Friend consider giving priority to finding offices for hon. Members within the precincts of the House? Will he switch the bedrooms from the House to the distant offices vacated by hon. Members?
My hon. Friend's question became more uncharitable as it proceeded. In the execution of the Bridge street project, it is hoped that it will be possible to shift some staff from the Palace of Westminster and that accommodation can then be made available to hon. Members. Of course, such allocation and the criteria for it are matters for the Accommodation and Administration Sub-Committee.
Is not one of the bedrooms occupied by the Lord Chancellor? Does he not sleep more easily in his bed than he should because he does not have the scrutiny of a Select Committee of this House over his Department, as do all other Ministers? Should not his slumber be made uneasy like that of other Ministers?