MP's anger as bicycle racks removed
Published 12/03/2010 | 08:01
Parking spaces for bicycles in the Palace of Westminster have been removed to make way for ministerial cars, the Commons was told.
Labour's Rob Marris vented his anger over the change, which has seen the spaces lost in Star Chamber Court, next to the MPs' cloakroom.
He bemoaned what he called the "do as I say not as I do approach" and highlighted the practice of ministerial chauffeurs leaving their engines running for hours while they wait for their passengers.
During questions on future Commons business, the keen cyclist suggested they should be given somewhere warm to wait instead which would cut the "unnecessary" CO2 emissions.
To cries of "disgrace" from MPs, an angry Mr Marris (Wolverhampton SW) said: "Covered bicycle racks in the courtyard outside the Members cloakroom have been removed and replaced by parking for Government ministers' cars.
"And all winter ministers' lovely hybrid cars have frequently been parked outside your House Mr Speaker, with their petrol engines running, presumably to keep the chauffeurs warm."