§ 22. Mr. KING
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether it is intended, in connection with the Estimates for the next financial year, to undertake any alterations or improvements to the buildings of this House; if so, whether he can indicate the nature, extent, and cost of any works proposed; and if he is prepared to accept suggestions from or consult the wishes of hon. Members as to expenditure destined to make more or less comfortable the place in which so many of their days and nights are passed?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lord of the Treasury)
Various proposals are under consideration, but the opinion of hon. Members would be sought before any considerable change were decided on. The First Commissioner is grateful to my hon. Friend for giving me the opportunity of saying that he will welcome suggestions from hon. Members at this time, while the Estimates are in preparation.
§ Lord BALCARRES
Can the hon. Gentleman give us some idea of the changes that are contemplated by the Department?
§ Sir J. LONSDALE
Is there any intention of increasing the size of the Chamber so as to admit Members who are often excluded?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I do not think that suggestions should be made now by the hon. Member. They should be made in writing.