Strangers' Gallery

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Lord President of the Council – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 1988.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow 12:00 am, 29th February 1988

There is desperate pressure for tickets. Has the Lord President of the Council ever looked up to the Strangers' Gallery, just before 3 o'clock, and seen many empty seats? Our colleagues have to queue from 2 o'clock onwards to get tickets. It is not the case that, too often, with the system of rotational tickets, colleagues on both sides of the House pocket their tickets in case they want to use them, find that they do not need them, and forget to return them to the Admission Order Office, while people who really want tickets cannot get them? Should not the rotational system be looked at?