§ Mr. F. Taylor
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he is aware that the steelwork for a further stairway in the Palace of Westminster was erected in January above the existing stairway leading from the principal floor to the Committee Floor and that later in January this steelwork was demolished and removed; how this error in planning took place; and who will bear the additional expense occasioned thereby.
§ Mr. Rippon
Yes. This was an error in the design which was unfortunately not picked up earlier as the work had to be carried out to a very tight schedule during the recess. The steelwork had to be removed for adjustment and was then replaced. The additional expense of about £50 will be borne on the vote for the Houses of Parliament Buildings administered by my Ministry.36W