HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc979-80
6. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Works, in view of the great interest in the proceedings in Parliament and of the considerable number of visitors who from time to time are unable to find accommodation in the public galleries owing to their present limitations, what steps he is taking to provide new accommodation to enable larger numbers of visitors to hear debates in the House.

The Minister of Works (Lord John Hope)

I have received no request from the authorities of the House to consider the provision of extra accommodation for this purpose.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that the side galleries which are reserved for hon. Members are generally empty, as they are today, and does not the Minister think it is a good thing to encourage the public, who show an interest in Parliamentary matters, by providing accommodation?

Lord John Hope

I should have thought the arrangements in this context were about right now.