Part of Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1996.

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Photo of Robert Wareing Robert Wareing , Liverpool, West Derby 12:00 am, 25th November 1996

In these times of cuts in social benefits, and when local authorities cannot get the resources to provide proper community care, was it not exorbitant for the House to spend £17 million, including £6 million on the kitchen in the Members Cafeteria? Every summer recess, the interior of the House resembles nothing more than one huge building site, and much of the work is repetitive and unnecessary. Is it not a higher priority to provide an escalator for elderly members of the public who have to tramp huffing and puffing up the stairs to reach the Strangers Gallery?