HC Deb 22 June 1984 vol 62 c294W
Mr. Dubs

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider installing air conditioning in the Library.

Sir George Young

The heating system in the Palace of Westminster is currently being modernised, and the new work incorporates the facility to supply, at a later date, chilled air as well as warmed air. The possibility of connecting the Library to the chiller system, subject to there being sufficient capacity in the chilled water plant, is already being investigated. The installation of full air conditioning would be extremely expensive, bearing in mind the structural changes that such work would require in this grade I listed building. I do not think that such expenditure could be justified.