HC Deb 25 March 1897 vol 47 cc1314-5
SIR HENRY FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether there is any limit to the number of strangers which any Member is entitled to introduce to the Terrace while the House is sitting?


In reply to the right hon. Gentleman, I have to say that the regulations of the admission of strangers to the house is a matter which does not rest with me, hut with the authorities of the House. But I understand that there is no limit to the number of ladies which each hon. Member may introduce.


Arising out of that, may I ask whether it is correct that last Session the wife of an hon. Member issued cards for an "At Home" on the Terrace, inviting a large number of guests, and whether this is open to all the wives of all the other Members? [Laughter.]


I was not aware of the fact that a Member had given an "At Home" on the Terrace, but I do know that the Terrace is often greatly overcrowded during the season; and last Session I stated that my views coincided with those of the right hon. Gentleman, that some limit might with advantage be placed upon the number of ladies which each Member might introduce.