§ 42. Sir H. Kerr
asked the Minister of Works if he will make a statement on the work proposed to be carried out to the Serjeant at Arms' residence in the Palace of Westminster.
§ Mr. Molson
The Serjeant at Arms' residence, which is at present unoccupied, is inconveniently large for present-day requirements. To ensure full and economic use of the accommodation, I propose to adapt it to provide residences for the Serjeant at Arms and the Deputy Serjeant at Arms, and bedroom accommodation for some 20 to 30 staff of this House. The total cost of all the work is estimated at£32,500, excluding furniture.
This work was fully planned with working drawings for inclusion in the 1958–59 programme, but had to be postponed owing to the need for drastic economy at that time.
In order to complete the work by the end of the long Recess, it will, be necessary to start in March and the authority of Parliament will be sought by way of token Supplementary Estimate to be introduced in due course.