HC Deb 24 March 1882 vol 267 c1817

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether his attention has been called to a paragraph in the "Times" of the 22nd instant, stating that a meeting of members of the Reform Club was held in the Committee Room, No. 15, of this House, with the object of adjusting certain differences connected with the election of members of that Club; whether such meeting was sanctioned by himself, or by any other authority of the House; and, whether the Committee Rooms of this House can be legitimately employed for such a purpose?


Sir, the responsibility for the use of the Committee Rooms rests, not with myself, but with the Serjeant-at-Arms. He informs me that he frequently gives permission to Members to meet in these Rooms, and I am quite sure that he does so with a wise impartiality. On the occasion in question, I am informed that none but Members of this House were present.