§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning (Mr. Hicks)
The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. In regard to the second part, I would remind my hon. Friend that, as I indicated in my reply of 22nd October to the hon. Member for Morpeth (Mr. R. J. Taylor), absorbent tiles have been fixed in the windows for the specific purpose of improving the acoustics on the Floor of the Chamber. This was done on the recommendation of officials of the National Physical Laboratory, who considered all possible alternatives. It is not at present considered that existing conditions are such as to call for the extension of loudspeakers to the Chamber.