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 Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks , Newham North West 12:00 am, 29th February 1988

I am grateful to the Lord Presient of the Council for his reply. What steps is he taking to encourage more visits to the Strangers' Gallery? Is it not about time that we opened some real public restaurants and facilities in this place? That would encourage people to come here and could, indeed, turn the Palace of Westminster into a real people's palace. Even if televising the House of Commons turned into the most boring show on earth, which I doubt, given the experience in the House of Lords, even one night's broadcast of what goes on in this place would reach more people than could visit the Stangers' Gallery over about four or five years.