HC Deb 06 March 1995 vol 256 cc25-6W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what measures are in place to ensure that facilities for disabled parking within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster are not abused; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael J. Martin

There are 12 parking spaces in Star Chamber Court and three parking spaces in the inner courtyard of Norman Shaw North reserved for the use of vehicles driven, or used by photo-identity pass holders who have registered with the Serjeant at Arms and are recognised as disabled. At present, six hon. Members, eight Members' secretaries and 10 staff of the House have been registered. The use of these spaces is on a first come, first served basis.

Those who use the other parking spaces in Star Chamber Court are reminded not to use the spaces reserved for disabled people. The whole area is policed on a random basis but these arrangements are dependent in the first instance on the co-operation of all right hon. and hon. Members. The Serjeant at Arms has been requested to draw examples of continuing misuse to the attention of the Committee.