HC Deb 06 June 1887 vol 315 cc1075-6
MR.GOURLEY (Sunderland)

Seeing the First Lord of the Treasury in his place, I should like to ask him, Whether it has been finally decided by the Committee who have charge of the arrangements being made for the Jubilee Service at Westminster Abbey, that the Members of the House of Commons who are widowers and bachelors are to be debarred from being accompanied by ladies; and, if not, whether the right hon. Gentleman will ask the Committee to reconsider their decision upon this point, as I believe that the number of widowers and of bachelors in the House is not very large.

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

I have not had Notice of the hon. Member's Question, and, therefore, I am unable to answer it definitely. As far as I know, however, the arrangement proposed was, that accommodation should be provided in the Abbey only for Members of the House and their wives. I will, however, inquire whether it is possible to make any relaxation in the rule with reference to the cases of those Members of the House who may be widowers or bachelors.