§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the right hon. Gentleman the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been directed to some of the hygienic defects in the Committee Rooms upstairs, and whether he will take the opinion of 711 experts as to the practicability of improving the ventilation of the Committee Rooms, the air of which is frequently so vitiated as to be highly prejudicial, not only to the health of hon. Members, but of Counsel and the general public?
§ MR. PLUNKET
I should be glad if my hon. Friend, who is an authority on the subject, would call my attention to particular defects. I ought to say, however, that the system of ventilation, if not perfect, would in most rooms be considered very good. There is provision for the ingress of air by the lower part of the rooms, and egress from the upper part. As to the opening and shutting of windows, that is a matter which affects people differently, and windows are shut or opened from time to time according as the majority of the Committee present at any moment happen to belong to the hot school or the cold school of philosophers.