HC Deb 15 March 1999 vol 327 cc520-1W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement about the intended use of Crickhowell House following the completion of the permanent Assembly building. [76220]

Mr. Michael

Crickhowell House will continue to provide the permanent accommodation for the majority of Assembly Members and their direct support staff once the new building is available for use. It will also continue to house a significant number of Assembly staff and officials, including the support staff of the Cabinet Secretariat and Office of the Presiding Officer.

The temporary debating chamber has been designed to have a secondary use, and in conjunction with the adjacent space will provide an excellent facility for conferences, seminars, broadcasting, meetings and training events. The temporary committee rooms will help satisfy the expected demand for additional meeting rooms.

Following the transfer of functions, these issues will be a matter for the National Assembly.