HC Deb 17 December 1969 vol 793 cc1346-7
35. Dr. Gray

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will improve the sign-posting system in the House of Commons for visitors.

The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)

There is already a fairly full system of sign-posting in the House of Commons. If the hon. Member has any particular point in mind perhaps he would let me know.

Dr. Gray

Is my right hon. Friend surprised to hear that some officials from the Consumers Association spent over 15 minutes trying to find their way to the Ministerial Conference Room on the ground floor; that they asked many people, including four policemen, and nobody knew where it was? Will he consider improving facilities for both visitors and Members to enable them to find their way round this charming but extremely archaic building?

Mr. Peart

I was not aware of this until now. I cannot clutter up the House of Commons with signposts as though it were Clapham Common.

Mr. John Hall

In view of the uncertainty of the result of tonight's vote, is it not important to have a signpost pointing to the right Lobby for Members on the Government benches?

Mr. Peart

Signposts are apparently in the hon. Member's mind. It is up to each hon. Member to do what he wishes.