§ Mr. SANDYS
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether his attention has been called to the unsatisfactory system of ventilation in the Ladies' Gallery; and whether any improvement can be effected?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)
No complaint of the ventilation of the Ladies' Gallery has for some 227 time reached the First Commissioner. An independent system for that part of the House was constructed in 1907, and upon this it is difficult to effect any improvement.
Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
May I ask whether the hon. Gentleman, as a Minister, is responsible for putting the ladies in that cage?
§ Mr. NEWMAN
Could not the ladies be allowed to occupy the side galleries, which are nearly always empty?