HC Deb 19 November 1991 vol 199 cc120-1W
Mr. Simon Coombs

To ask the Lord President of the Council how many hon. and right hon. Members now have a single office; and when he expects that all hon. and right hon. Members will be so provided for.

Mr. MacGregor

As a result of the occupation of No. 1 Parliament street, 334 Members now have single offices either in the Palace of Westminster or one of the parliamentary outbuildings. A small number of additional offices will become available next year following the conversion of accommodation in Speaker's Court. The objective of providing a single office for each Member who wants one will be fulfilled on completion of phase 2 of the new parliamentary building. It is impossible to predict with any accuracy at this stage when this will be achieved, since to a large extent progress on this building is dependent on progress in the construction of London Underground's new Westminster station. The new parliamentary building will certainly not be ready for occupation before 1996.