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PARLIAMENT HOUSE.

INTERNAL RE-ARRANGEMENT&

PREPARING FOR NEXT SESSION. The Prime Minister (Sir Joseph Ward), and other members' of the : Cabinet went over the Parliament Buildings on Friday in order to consider what alterations should be made to enable the work'of Parliament-during the session to be carried on with greater convenience than was the case last year. As a result of the inspection it is intended to have the interior of the House of Representatives considerably altered.' It will be enlarged by taking in the room occupied last session by the Legislative Council, and -much of this additional space will be taken up by galleries for ladies, Legislative Councillors and the general "public This •will mean largely increased accommodation for spectators of the proceedings of the House. The Speaker's chair will be removed to the middle of the side opposite the principal dooTsy and' the • benches- and desks of the members will be ranged in curves on either hand. The Press andHansard reporters will be' pladed in slightly elevated galleries over the present site of the Speaker's chair. The large room occupied last session by the Speaker of the Legislative Council will be assigned to the members of the Press Gallery. Bellamy's will also be re-ar-ranged. The large apartment -which was divided into dining-room and refreshmenbar will-be devoted entirely to the former purpose, and the refreshment department will be located just behind it, in the adjacent' wing of the building. The work will be done by the Public Works Department, and will be commenced at an early date, so as to be feady for the* opening of- Parliament. Work is now actively proceeding on the erection of the new temporary -Legislative. Council Chamber.

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PARLIAMENT HOUSE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 64, 16 March 1909

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