asked the Lord President of the Council what checks or inquiries have been made to ensure that the facilities and amenities of House of Commons staff and others who are employed to work in the Palace of Westminster comply with the minimum standards prescribed by the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act and by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, respectively.
The standards of the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act, 1963 are, at Mr. Speaker's direction, applied so far as possible. The House of Commons has been inspected by Her Majesty's Factory Inspectorate, and the recommendations of the inspectors were implemented. As I indicated to my hon. and learned Friend on 13th May this year, an assessment is now being made of the factors involved in the implementation of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
asked the Lord President of the Council what canteen facilities will be available for attendants and members of the staff of the House of Commons during the forthcoming Summer Recess.
I have been asked to reply.The Strangers' Cafeteria will be open for the whole of the recess for members of the staff of the House of Commons. Other facilities will be made available during September on completion of construction and building work in the Westminster Hall canteen.