§ 57. Mr. HARDIE
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether the air inlets and outlets, in connection with the ventilation of the House, have been corrected; and how soon the air inlets will be taken above the present Terrace level?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Sir John Baird)
I must await the results of experiments, which will be carried out during the Recess, before forecasting any changes that may eventually be made in the ventilation system.
§ Mr. HARDIE
Will the right hon. Gentleman attempt to increase the pressure upon these outlets underneath the seats and deal, correspondingly, as far as possible, with the inlets?
§ Sir W. DAVISON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Members of Parliament are this afternoon, for the first time, in this Chamber breathing fresh air, free from dead strepto-cocci, simply because the windows have been opened? Will the right hon. Gentleman also consider opening the windows on the other side of the House during Divisions, so as to have a free passage of air through the Chamber?
§ Sir J. BAIRD
I am afraid if I were to follow the advice so kindly given me by hon. Members in various parts of the House, I should require a much larger staff to carry out the various suggestions made. I am obliged to do the best I can, in the light of experience, and with the staff at my disposal.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of himself going down to the Stock Exchange, and seeing how it is ventilated, and adopting the same principle here?
§ Sir J. BAIRD
I understand that people who are not members of the Stock Exchange receive a very cool welcome there?
(later): On a point of Order. May I call attention to the very strong odour of turpentine around these benches?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
Perhaps the hon. Member's neighbour (Mr. Hardie) is already producing alcohol for fuel. The First Commissioner of Works will look into the matter?