HC Deb 10 March 1905 vol 142 cc1127-8

"To enable ratepayers to inspect Books and Documents of local Education Authorities," presented accordingly, and read the first time; to be read a second time upon Friday next, and to be printed. [Bill 95.]

On the Motion that the House do now adjourn,

MR. J. H. LEWIS (Flint Boroughs)

said he desired to call attention to a matter which he believed was within the jurisdiction of Mr. Speaker. Considerable interest was now being taken in the proceedings of Parliament, but strangers were unable to obtain admission for the Evening Sitting until half-past eight in the evening, and had to remain outside the Strangers' Entrance until that hour. He understood that on Wednesday evening about 400 persons were standing outside in the wind and rain, and that they began to form in line as early as a quarter before seven o'clock. His purpose in rising was to ask whether, subject to the proper preservation of order within the precincts of the Palace, steps could not be taken to prevent discomfort of that kind arising, as he was confident that officials and Members alike wished to treat strangers is courteously as possible.


I will inquire into the matter. These matters are arranged by the police, after consultation with the Serjeant-at-Arms, but of course the Serjeant-at-Arms will attend to any instructions I may give him.