HL Deb 23 May 1843 vol 69 c756
Lord Brougham

wished to draw the attention of their Lordships to a subject materially affecting their own proceedings and comfort; he alluded to the state of the new buildings which were to be appropriated to their Lordships' use as a legislative assembly. For the last fortnight or three weeks he regretted to observe, that these works had come to a complete stand still; whilst considerable progress had been making in other parts of the new buildings not designed for the use of their Lordships. He was sure that this was quite contrary to the contracts with the Woods and Forests, and if he did not see some progress made very shortly in these works, he should feel it his duty to call the attention of the committee to the subject. He understood that some umbrage had been taken elsewhere upon the allegation that greater progress had been making with respect to their Lordships House, than with respect to that of the House of Commons. But in his opinion it was quite right that it should be so, for the fact was, that the House of Commons had turned their Lordships out of their House. Their Lordships were as ill off as it was possible for a legislative assembly to be, whilst the House of Commons was as well off as it was possible they could be. He had never been in the other House since he had been an unworthy Member of it, until he went there the other morning, when nobody was there, and he must say, that he never saw any House so admirably adapted in all respects for the purposes of the House of Commons as the House they at present occupied. With respect to the new buildings for their Lordships' accommodation, he trusted that steps would be immediately taken to compel the architect to go on.

The Marquess of Lansdowne

said, the architect had told him that the delay was occasioned by the non-arrival of some stone which had been expected.