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House Of Commons (Rebuilding)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the dissatisfaction of many Members at being bound by the decision of a previous Parliament as to the proposed new House of Commons; and if he will consider moving to appoint a Select Committee of the present House of Commons to review the matter.

No, Sir. I am not aware of any general desire amongst Members to re-open the matter, and, for the reasons set out in my answer to my hon. Friend on 9th October, I am unable to adopt his suggestion.

Is it not very unreasonable that this House, being of an entirely different political complexion from the last, should be controlled by the very narrow terms of reference laid down by the previous Prime Minister, and could not the House have some say in the provision of its own accommodation?