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Palace Of Westminster (Lighting)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 11 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Works if he will now arrange for the more satisfactory lighting of Westminster Palace, especially those places of most interest to the public.

The use of some of the existing lights in the Palace of Westminster has been restricted to save fuel. I am arranging that these economy measures should be relaxed so far as this can be done without exceeding the financial provision made in the Estimates. I cannot undertake the installation of any additional fittings until the new sub-station is in operation.

As, very shortly, many tourists will be coming to these islands, does not my right hon. Friend think it is at least desirable, while bearing in mind Budget restrictions, that we should throw as much light on our historic places at Westminster as we do on Piccadilly after dark?

When the new sub-station is in operation next year, I may be able to do a good deal then.

Will the drab and dim Central Lobby be better lighted, and the enormous candelabra hanging therein be attended to?