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House of Commons Chamber - elevated view

The House of Commons Chamber was rebuilt by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott after it was damaged during the Second World War. The new Chamber was built in a style that was in keeping with the Chamber that had been destroyed. There are two sets of green benches opposite to each other (so that Government and Opposition MPs sit facing each other), with a table in the middle and the Speaker's Chair at northern end. The Chamber is actually quite small as there is only room for 437 MPs to sit down when there are 659 MPs in total. Many of the objects in the Chamber, such as the Speaker's Chair, are gifts from Commonwealth countries.


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Taken on July 25, 2008