§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will state the parking facilities in the Palace of Westminster for Members of Parliament; how many parking spaces there are available in the car parks and other stated places; how many places are reserved in Star Court for disabled drivers; what action is taken to advise members and House of Commons staff that these places are reserved for both disabled Members of Parliament, staff and visiting disabled drivers; and whether he will take steps to ensure that fit and non-disabled persons should not use the limited space allocated to disabled drivers.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
All 278 car parking spaces on the first three floors of the New Palace Yard underground car park are reserved for Members. There are also 30 spaces reserved for Members in Church House car park.
In Star Chamber Court there are nine spaces for Members, and nine spaces for disabled persons. In Commons Court and Commons Inner Court there are a further 10 spaces.
The Services Committee is fully aware that the cars of able-bodied persons continue to be parked in the spaces for the disabled in Star Chamber Court. Mr. Speaker has accepted a recommendation that notices in card form should be printed; and as soon as they are ready they will be placed on the windscreens of incorrectly parked cars.