As a member of the
committee, perhaps it would not be out of place for me to say that the committee had before them the strong recommendation of Mr. Pearson, one of the architects-the other architect not being present at the time-in favour of an additional story. My own view was that, as we trust that the reconstructed building will last for a very long time, and as the number of members of Parliament is likely to increase very considerably in the not distant future, it would be desirable, if possible, to give considerably increased accommodation, providing that it would not interfere with the architectural aspect of the building. I think the view of the committee was quite unanimous that that result could be obtained, and that with the additional story the building would be a very handsome one indeed, and one of which the country would be proud.
Subtopic: PLANS OF NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS.