§ MR. TREVELYAN (Yorkshire, W.R., Elland)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for West Derbyshire, as representing the Office of Works, what was the date of the closing of Westminster Hall to the public; what reasons then existed which made it desirable to prohibit free access to it; whether any of those reasons still exist; and, if not, whether he can see his way to re-opening it to the public.
§ MR. VICTOR CAVENDISH
The hon. Member is under a misapprehension, as Westminster Hall is now open daily to the public at reasonable hours, except while Parliament is sitting, and exclusive of Sundays, Christmas Days, and Good Fridays. The only other restriction is that persons may not enter or leave by the New Palace Yard door. The First Commissioner does not think it necessary or expedient to make any alteration in these conditions.