HC Deb 03 June 1924 vol 174 c1073

I desire to ask, Mr. Speaker, whether, in view of the continual and increasing volume of visitors from all parts of Great Britain who desire to view the Houses of Parliament, it would be possible to open the Houses of Parliament at an earlier hour than at present? Last Saturday morning at 9 o'clock there were no fewer than 1,000 people awaiting admission, and many hundreds went away disappointed before 11 a.m. I should also like to ask whether it would not be possible to put up a notice to assist the policemen at the Westminster Hall entrance, advising visitors that the order of route is through the Victoria Tower? At certain periods of the day last Saturday there were many thousands of people who went away, having been unable to get in and unwilling to wait in the queues.


This is not, a matter that lies with me. The Regulations for the admission of visitors are made by the Lord Great Chamberlain. I suggest that the hon. Member should make his representation to the Lord Great Chamberlain.