Air Conditioning

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th July 1991.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Butler Mr Christopher Butler , Warrington South 12:00 am, 15th July 1991

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he has any plans to improve the air conditioning system of the House.

Photo of Mr Christopher Butler Mr Christopher Butler , Warrington South

I have to report to my right hon. Friend that there is great stuffiness in Commons Court, especially for the new boys who do not have a window. I have had to buy an auxiliary unit. Can my right hon. Friend offer any comfort?

Photo of Mr John MacGregor Mr John MacGregor Chair, Privileges Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Lords (Privy Council Office), Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Chair, Privileges Committee

I am aware of the problem that arose recently for my hon. Friend and for other hon. Members on both sides of the House in what is known as the Tea Room block, where my hon. Friend's office lies. The compressor is in a hermetically sealed unit and so there are access problems. A new compressor was installed last year and it failed in early June of this year. The specialist firm failed to meet the timetable for manufacturing a replacement unit. I am glad to say that the equipment is now working again.