HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc98-9
40. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will arrange to circulate to hon. Members an up-to-date list, and a guide to the location, of facilities available for their use in the Palace of Westminster.

Mr. Crossman

The Serjeant at Arms issues to each Member on election a folder containing a number of leaflets setting out the facilities provided for Members of Parliament. During the course of a Parliament, when the leaflets require amendment he inserts a notice in the All-Party Whip. The Library also issues a pamphlet to every new Member about the facilities they provide. There is also a pamphlet prepared by the Clerk of the House, setting out the services which his Department provides for Members.

Mrs. Butler

Will my right hon. Friend look at this question again to make quite sure that these guides are comprehensive, since many hon. Members are unaware of all the facilities available to them, and at least one such facility, a gymnasium, has apparently disappeared completely without many people being aware of it?

Mr. Crossman

Certainly I will look at it again, but I would say that a comprehensive booklet would be out of date in a relatively short time. I am told that hon. Members are advised of the facilities available, but if they are not I will certainly look into the matter.

Mr. Christopher Price

Is my right hon. Friend aware that one of the most puzzling things for a new Member coming to the House is that one is not given any sort of plan or map of the facilities in this area? It is simply no good producing a booklet listing facilities unless we know exactly where those facilities are, and many of us are still very often lost in this building—

Mr. Speaker


Mr. Crossman

Those of us who have been here 20 years may still find ourselves lost from time to time.

Mr. Longden

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some who have been here 20 years still have to discover whether there are any facilities at all?

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