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Hansard item o' the day

From the Lords, where the debates, questions and so forth are generally of a higher quality than in the other place:

Palace of Westminster: Cold Monday Mornings

Yes, that's what it was headlined as.

"Baroness Thomas of Winchester asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will take steps to increase the temperature in the Palace of Westminster on Monday mornings during the winter months?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The cold temperatures experienced in the Palace on Monday 25 November were caused by a failure to turn the heating back on after weekend maintenance work. This error is being investigated with a view to preventing any repeat. However, even without such errors the temperature in the Palace can be too low on Monday mornings during the winter months. Accordingly, Black Rod and I have asked the relevant personnel to ensure that the temperature in the House of Lords is raised and that it is maintained from 0830 on Mondays until 1700 on Fridays".

Neither lady appears to be in the first flush of youth, so sensitivity to the cold is not unduly surprising.

Meanwhile, ambulant smokers in the SW1 area are urged to make a beeline for 79 Whitehall (the DoH HQ) as "Smoking is not permitted in front entrances, in the area immediately adjacent to any entrance to a departmental building or near to areas where the department’s logo is displayed".

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Blogger James Higham said... 4:22 pm

Perhaps they can issue overcoats.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 4:36 pm

They are issued with floor-length, velvet robes, ermine-trimmed, with hoods.

And they want central heating as well?  

Blogger Unsworth said... 6:40 pm

Is the DoH worried about the possible effects that passive smoking may have on its signs?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:36 am

I suspect that the herditaries are more used to being underheated, what with the cost of installing and running central heating in the average stately home...

Unsworth - Oh aye. Precision instruments those signs.  

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