To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the roof leaking in the Press Gallery, off Press Gallery Library, Star Court extension, first reported in April, will be repaired.
§ Mr. Chope
[holding answer 5 December 1988]: The flat roof which is leaking supports a two-storey Portakabin. This severely restricts access to the roof structure and it has not yet been possible to establish precisely where the water is entering. Further repairs were undertaken earlier in December but it will not be possible to judge their effect 734W until they have stood the test of heavy rain. If this latest work proves to have been unsuccessful it may eventually prove necessary to remove the Portakabins. If so, it would be discussed with the House authorities.