HC Deb 15 April 1958 vol 586 cc21-2
36. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Works if he will provide a morning lift man again for the lift from the Library Lobby to the Committee and Upper Committee Lobbies.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Harmar Nicholls)

My right hon. Friend is proposing, for a trial period, to change the shift of the attendant on the Members' Lift, and in future he will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dr. King

May I thank the Minister, on behalf of the two dozen hon. Members and officials who use the rooms on the Upper Committee Corridor, and may I ask him whether he can assure us that the disabled ex-Service men who manned this lift have been given adequate employment elsewhere?

Mr. Nicholls

There has been no question at all of interfering with their employment. They will be employed at other points, except for one, who resigned voluntarily.

Mr. Beswick

Does not the hon. Gentleman think that this is another case in which one small administrative economy has led to a large loss of efficiency and dignity in the working of this House, and, for example, could we not have a lift man on the lift which takes up distinguished strangers?

Mr. Nicholls

I do not think there is any basis for that sort of comment. We are trying hard to make these changes to fit the convenience of hon. Members, and I think we are succeeding.

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