HC Deb 30 May 1949 vol 465 cc1708-9
20. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Works whether the specialist committee which was asked to consider the lighting in the Commons Chamber has yet reported.

The Minister of Works (Mr. Key)

Yes. The specialists consider that the lighting could be improved by using pendant diffusers. I propose to fit some of these as an experiment, provided the authorities concerned agree.

21. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Works why since lighting restrictions in the streets have been relaxed, it has not been possible more satisfactorily to light the corridors and lobbies in the Palace of Westminster; and in particular why the main chandelier in the Central Lobby is not used.

Mr. Key

I am making such improvements in the lighting of the corridors and lobbies as can be effected having regard to the financial provision for the year. The main chandelier in the Central Lobby cannot be used until a new switchboard has been installed. This switchboard will be provided for the new Chamber.

Mr. Beswick

I wonder whether my right hon. Friend would agree that it would be possible to make this House a little less like a morgue in the morning without placing any undue financial strain upon the Exchequer?

Mr. Key

I am going to the limit of the Estimate which has been granted; I cannot go beyond it.