§ 76. Mr. Bossom
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether any action has yet been taken by the Government with the object of rebuilding the Chamber for the Commons; and what progress has been made?
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings (Mr. Hicks)
As I informed the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Rear-Admiral Beamish) on 3rd December last, preliminary information is being collected by the Ministry with a view to the preparation of plans and the starting of the work of reconstruction when hostilities are over. As the Prime Minister has already announced, it would be premature, at this stage, to consider any proposals for setting up a Select Committee of the House to examine plans for rebuilding the destroyed parts of the House of Commons.
§ Mr. George Griffiths
On a point of Order. Why has Question 75 not been asked to-day? The hon. and gallant Member is present.
§ Mr. Bossom
May I ask a Supplementary Question to my Question on the Order Paper? Would the hon. Gentleman consider getting a number of the Members who sat in the other Chamber for several years to give advice as to the defects which were there so that they will not be repeated in the new Chamber, whenever that is built?
§ Mr. Buchanan
Will my hon. Friend give us a guarantee that Messrs. Wimpey will not build the new House of Commons?
§ Mr. Buchanan
Then will he give us a guarantee that if they do have the job they will not do it as badly as they have done almost every other job?