Cannon Row Police Station

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd May 1988.

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Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks , Newham North West 12:00 am, 23rd May 1988

To ask the Lord President of the Council when Cannon Row police station was vacated by police and made available to the House authorities.

Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks , Newham North West

Will the Lord President of the Council tell us when we shall have access to facilities over there? The Lord President knows that many hon. Members are complaining about the appalling working conditions that we have over here. I speak as a person who has just lifted the parliamentary stakhanovite of the year award. My hon. Friend the Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) would greatly appreciate an office and he could have one at Cannon Row.

Photo of Mr John Wakeham Mr John Wakeham , Colchester South and Maldon

There have been a great many things to do and there have been some difficulties about getting on with that work. Refurbishment is due for completion in the summer of 1989. The allocation of a desk for the hon. Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) is a matter for the Opposition Whip's office, and I think that there should be a desk available for him somewhere.

Photo of Andrew MacKay Andrew MacKay , Berkshire East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of us feel that by and large the office facilities in the Palace of Westminster are perfectly adequate and compare quite favourably with those in the private sector? Will he urge caution on those who would waste taxpayers' money?

Photo of Mr John Wakeham Mr John Wakeham , Colchester South and Maldon

It is nice to hear from a satisfied customer. If there were more of them life would be easier for me. I recognise that there are some legitimate demands for better accommodation, and all those responsible are doing their best to improve matters. We cannot work miracles.