HC Deb 09 November 1966 vol 735 cc1308-9
39. Mr. Marten

asked the Lord President of the Council what proposals he has to improve the conditions under which hon. Members and Lobby correspondents meet in the House.

Mr. Crossman

I would refer the hon. Member to an answer given by my predecessor to the hon. Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. Hamling) on 13th July last[Vol. 731, c. 1455–56.]

Mr. Marten

While recognising that there is a shortage of accommodation, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman would agree that it would make for easier contact and perhaps even better results with Lobby correspondents if there were a room in which we could create a smoking room atmosphere? Will he consider reviving what was called "Annie's Bar".

Mr. Crossman

I had half a thought that that would come into it. All I can say about "Annie's Bar" at the moment is that the whole question is in a very fluid state and under consideration.

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