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The Lords had to be adapted to meet the needs of new women peers. A ‘peeresses retiring room' was decorated and furnished in 1958.

By 1971 there were 46 women peers and facilities were inadequate. A letter from the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod reveals that two baths and two lavatories were urgently required and there was considerable pressure for this work to be done.


Drawing of a lavatory and correspondance on the need for better facilities for women peers, 1971

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/BR/2/34