§ Mr. Frank Cook (Stockton, North)
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On Wednesday this week, I approached the most senior members of the Serjeant at Arms' Department to draw to their attention the scaffolding, staging and access ladders on the Terrace bordering the river Thames. I received a courteous hearing from officers in that Department, and got the prompt reply that they had drawn my complaints to the attention of the Property Services Agency, which would redress the problems. One item has been corrected.
During the presentation of petitions today, I took the opportunity to have a further look at the Terrace. Even more hazardous equipment is lying there, which puts hon. Members, staff and visitors to the House in serious jeopardy. It is the second time this week that people have been placed in that position. It would be remiss of me to allow today's sitting to close without bringing the matter to your attention, Mr. Speaker, with the exhortation that you add your support to the representations made on our behalf to the Serjeant at Arms' Department.