HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 c1707
* SIR G. MCCRAE (Edinburgh, E.)

I wish to ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether you have arrived at any decision in regard to the admission of strangers to the galleries of this House, and whether in your opinion any restrictions or regulations are necessary to safeguard the proper conduct of the business of the House?


The House seems to regard with satisfaction the absence of strangers of both sexes; but I think it is obvious that the period of rest cannot continue for ever. It has occurred to me that probably the best way of solving the difficulty, if difficulty there be, is that the House should consent to the appointment of a small Committee for the purpose of considering under what new arrangements and conditions, if any, the galleries might be thrown open to the public at the commencement of next session.


Cannot the restrictions as to the admission of strangers be relaxed so as to allow Members to introduce experts for advice— as has been done in the case of Ministers.


Experts named by the leaders of the respective parties have been admitted.