HC Deb 09 December 1970 vol 808 cc413-4
38. Mr. David James

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will consider the establishment of a bookshop within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster.

Mr. Whitelaw

A proposal is, at present, before the Services Committee for the establishment of a stall for the sale of Bills and other parliamentary papers to visitors to the Strangers' Gallery.

If my hon. Friend has a more general bookshop in mind, I am sure the Committee will have noted his suggestion.

Mr. David James

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for knowing more about this Question than he did about the previous one that I addressed to him. Will he bear in mind that with more than 2,000 people living and working in this building who will have increasingly little opportunity to get outside, a bookshop is almost certainly as civilised an adjunct to living as a barbers' shop or a branch of Thomas Cook? Will my right hon. Friend recommend this favourably?

Mr. Whitelaw

Without wishing to be drawn into the various comparisons or the merits of what my hon. Friend says, I am sure that the Services Committee in its considerations will take careful note of what my hon. Friend has said.