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Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th February 2006.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Labour, Wakefield 2:30 pm, 28th February 2006

If the Commission will take steps to improve the signage for cyclists on the House of Commons estate.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

The Commission encourages cycling to and from the estate. I am happy to convey to the appropriate authorities any specific proposal that the hon. Lady may have, whether on signage or any other matter.

Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Labour, Wakefield

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply. I have several suggestions to make about signage. First, there are absolutely no signs around the building warning unwitting cyclists that they should not park their bicycles against the railings. Many is the time that I have seen police officers removing with angle grinders three and five bicycles that have been left there. Will he perhaps take that back to his colleagues and discuss it? The problem—

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Order. One question is enough. Perhaps those matters might better be the subject of correspondence.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

I am very happy to convey the burden of the hon. Lady's point to the relevant authorities, but increasing provision has been made for cycling spaces in various parts of the estate. Certainly, if there is evidence of further unsatisfied demand, further spaces will indeed be sought.

Photo of George Young George Young Chair, Standards and Privileges Committee

As president of the all-party parliamentary cycling group, I welcome the increased provision that is made on the estate, but I strongly endorse what Mary Creagh has just said. Those cyclists who come to the Palace of Westminster to lobby their MPs find it very difficult to park anywhere nearby. Will the Commission improve the facilities for visiting cyclists who are trying to save the planet?

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

It has been concluded thus far that, for security reasons, we cannot let visitors cycle on to the estate, any more than we would allow people to drive in to park. For similar reasons, street cycle parking in the immediate area is not permitted, but visitors can use the cycle parking facilities on Millbank.