HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 c1625W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many rooms are set aside for(a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion, and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in each building and set of offices for which his Department is responsible. [187315]

Mr. Touhig

The Wales Office has a total of 53 staff in the offices in London and Cardiff. In view of the number of staff and size of the offices, it is not possible to set rooms aside for any of these purposes.

The London staff can use DCA facilities. All DCA London HQ buildings have a room set aside for smokers. Male and female prayer rooms are available in Selborne House, Clive House and Steel House. Rest rooms are also available in these buildings for nursing mothers and pregnant women.

In Cardiff, staff can access facilities of the National Assembly for Wales at Cathays Park and Cardiff Bay. Two rooms are set aside for smokers in Cathays Park and one in Cardiff Bay. One prayer room is available in Cathays Park for use by all faiths. Nursing mothers and pregnant mothers have the use of two first aid rooms, one in Cathays Park and one in Cardiff Bay.