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To think that a 25 yard shooting range on the Palace of Westminster should not be maintained and staffed at the taxpayers expense?

(42 Posts)
MiceElf Tue 29-Jan-13 08:24:12

Alternative suggestions for how it could be used please. These could then be forwarded to Lord Tyler who this week posed the question.

MiceElf Tue 29-Jan-13 08:25:35

And that should be 'in'. We REALLY need an edit function.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 08:36:20

Is it outdoors? What is the cost for? Cutting grass?

I agree taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it.

MiceElf Tue 29-Jan-13 08:41:05

In the basement of the House of Lords. The money (cost breakdown unavailable) is for maintenance, security and so Members can have 'fun' there.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 08:44:11

I suppose we pay for the upkeep of the whole building?

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 08:45:03

Guns or archery? Or don't they use it for shooting?

JessM Tue 29-Jan-13 08:48:18

A day nursery?

MiceElf Tue 29-Jan-13 08:51:46

They have .22-calibre single shot rifles and ear defenders.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 08:52:47

Has the basement always been used for this purpose? A historical hangover from earlier times?

MiceElf Tue 29-Jan-13 08:59:20

As far as I know. Yes.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 09:04:46

Shrug. So why does it suddenly matter? I presume we do pay for the upkeep of the whole palace, including bars and lounges and cafés restaurants and so forth? Taking a few shots with a rifle between debates could be quite beneficial.

Always supposing it's the ones who actually care about proper government who do it.

Learnergran Tue 29-Jan-13 09:33:37

I don't see the connection between maintaining a public building and providing free or subsidised leisure pursuits/bars/restaurants for the occupants.

absent Tue 29-Jan-13 09:36:23

It was refurbished about 20 years ago, I think. I have no idea what that cost but I think it would have been better to have got rid of it completely then. However, I resent paying for subsidised bars and restaurants far more when MPs get feeding expenses paid to them anyway.

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 10:06:36

Many workplaces have social/sporting facilities. Why should this one be different? Nothing wrong with rifle shooting. It's an Olympic sport.

Barrow Tue 29-Jan-13 10:11:42

I agree with absent I would rather stop the subsidised restaurant - perhaps we would then have less comments along the lines of only the poor are fat!

Don't have a problem with there being leisure facilities but I do think they should pay a subscription to use them

gracesmum Tue 29-Jan-13 12:18:12

Oh it just so depends on whowhat they are using for target practice hmm

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:20:49

They may be part of a league club. In which case they will be using paper targets.

gracesmum Tue 29-Jan-13 12:22:57

oh j07 - lighten up! smile

Riverwalk Tue 29-Jan-13 12:39:14

Gracesmum a picture of Eric Pickles?

Mey Tue 29-Jan-13 12:46:38

I just wish they would give us a say when they spend our money--I know we vote, but we just vote for a person and some of his plans.

I think everytime they spend big chunks of money the population should be asked to vote, I mean can you imagine not having any say in what happened to your own take home pay, it really is the same as it is OUR money.

What do we think people!!

Mey Tue 29-Jan-13 12:47:35

We are aftre all Children Of The Revolution!!

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:49:08

Are we?! Flip me!

j07 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:49:32

I don't remember that.

Mey Tue 29-Jan-13 12:59:33

It just sounded a rebelious thing to say smile

Ana Tue 29-Jan-13 13:05:46

grin Mey!