HC Deb 18 October 1982 vol 29 cc22-3W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will take steps to initiate a study of the potential demands for creche facilities for children under 5 years of age whose parents are working at the Houses of Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Biffen:

As the hon. Member will be aware, there is very great pressure on accommodation within the precincts caused by the needs of Members in connection with their parliamentary duties. In due course the Services Committee will consider the competing claims for the use of any new parliamentary accommodation which may become available.

In the meantime, I understand that official assistance is being given to the trade union side of the House of Commons Whitley Committee, which, in conjunction with representatives of Members' secretaries, is attempting to establish the need for and demand for creche facilities.