HC Deb 13 March 1939 vol 345 c35
55. Captain Cazalet

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether it is proposed to close Westminster Hall in connection with preparations for the visit of the French President?

The First Commissioner of Works (Sir Philip Sassoon)

In order that the requisite preparations, and adequate heating arrangements, may be made, it will be necessary to close Westminster Hall to the public from Monday, 20th March, until Friday, 24th March, inclusive, but it will not be closed to hon. Members and others having business in the adjoining offices. Hon. Members are, however, asked kindly to refrain from introducing friends or constituents during this period.

Captain Cazalet

Will steps be taken to remove the stoves before the reception, and, if so, will the temperature be raised to a suitable level?

Sir P. Sassoon

I hope that it will be sufficiently raised by that time to provide comfort not only for the Frenchmen but for hon. Members.

Mr. Sorensen

Is there any reason why these stoves should be alight three weeks before the visitors come?

Sir P. Sassoon

I am trying in three weeks to counteract the chill of nine centuries.