During the course of the Second World War, there were fourteen occasions when the Palace of Westminster suffered bomb damage. On 10 May 1941, both the chamber of the Commons and Westminster Hall were on fire as a result of incendiary bombing. Walter Elliot, an MP who was on fire-watching duty, declared ‘Let the pseudo-Gothic go. We must save the Hall’. The limited fire-fighting resources were deployed to the Hall and, by dousing the beams with water, the roof was saved. The chamber of the Commons, hit by explosives as well as incendiaries, was destroyed. The following month, the Commons moved into the chamber of the House of Lords, though on occasion both Houses sat elsewhere in London. It was nearly a decade before MPs could move into a rebuilt chamber.
This week’s quiz questions:
1. Where did the two Houses occasionally meet, other than in the Palace of Westminster, during the Second World War?
2. What name, other than its formal name, was given to this alternative venue?
3. When the Commons moved into the chamber of the House of Lords, where did the Lords move to in the Palace?
4. Who was the Leader of the House of Lords for the longest period (1942-45) during the Second World War?
As usual, the first two readers to supply the correct answers will be the winners.