HL Deb 19 June 1884 vol 289 cc784-5

asked, Whether any steps are about to be taken as to the lighting of this House with the electric light; also, having in view the very great importance of obtaining the best and most economical results, whether Her Majesty's Government will ask the leading Companies in Great Britain to tender for the same?


In reply to the noble Lord, I am unable to say exactly when this House and Libraries will be lit up by the electric light; but the First Commissioner of Works has at present got the lighting of both Houses under his consideration. As a considerable amount of money will have to be expended, the plans connected with it naturally require most careful looking into; and, as a portion of the work has been carried out by one Company, the First Commissioner is unable to say to what extent it will be possible to invite public competition, but he hopes he may be able to do so.