HC Deb 11 May 1893 vol 12 cc647-8

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware of the great discomfort suffered by Members of this House from the insufficient ventilation of the Division Lobbies; and whether, to remedy this, he will cause either open gratings or swing windows to be placed over the doors in the Lobbies, instead of the present arrangement by which all fresh air is excluded?


I fear that occasionally when any large numbers of Members vote in the same Lobby there is discomfort from the want of fresh air as well as from overcrowding. The ventilation officers endeavour to meet this as far as possible by supplying an additional quantity of air; but, as this is not always a sufficient remedy, I have directed the attendants, when very large numbers of voters are expected, to open the windows before the Lobbies are cleared for Divisions. The framework over the doors in the Lobbies is already entirely open and has been so for some years past.