§ MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts,) Mansfield
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether the rooms in the Houses of Parliament, occupied by the late Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod are now vacant, or are occupied by his successor; and, if the latter, whether that is intended to be a permanent arrangement?
§ MR. AKERS-DOUGLAS
The rooms occupied by the late Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod have been appropriated to the Clerk of the Parliaments under an arrangement made after an Inquiry by a Lords Committee in 1889. By this arrangement, the salary of the Clerk of the Parliaments will in future be reduced by £500 per annum, and also his special house allowance of £500 a-year will cease, in consideration of his occupying an official residence. The new Black Rod will not have an official residence properly so called, but it is proposed to allot certain office-rooms for his use in another part of the building.