Select Committee on House of Lords Offices First Report


First Report from the Select Committee on the House of Lords' Offices




Tuesday 30th November 1999



BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO CONSIDER HOUSE OF LORDS' OFFICESORDERED TO REPORT

  The Committee have met and been attended by the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

1.  Appointment of Sub-Committees and the Advisory Panel on Works of Art

  The Committee appointed the following Sub-Committees and Panel—

Finance and Staff Sub-Committee

    L. Astor of Hever
    L. Boston of Faversham (Chairman)
    L. Colwyn
    L. Gladwin of Clee
    L. Harris of Greenwich
    L. Harris of Haringey
    B. Jay of Paddington
    L. Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
    L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank
    L. Strathclyde
    L. Weatherill
    L. Williams of Elvel

with the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Administration and Works Sub-Committee

    L. Boston of Faversham (Chairman)
    L. Carter
    L. Colwyn
    B. David
    L. Evans of Parkside
    L. Harris of Greenwich
    L. Henley
    B. Hilton of Eggardon
    L. Methuen
    L. Monson
    B. Rawlings
    L. Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
    B. Richardson of Calow
    L. Weatherill

with the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Library and Computers Sub-Committee

    L. Ahmed
    L. Avebury
    L. Butterworth
    E. Erroll
    L. Evans of Watford
    L. Hoffmann
    E. Listowel
    L. McIntosh of Haringey
    E. Northesk
    B. Platt of Writtle
    B. Rendell of Babergh
    L. Renfrew of Kaimsthorn (Chairman)

with the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Refreshment Sub-Committee

    L. Burnham
    L. Carter
    L. Colwyn (Chairman)
    B. Darcy de Knayth
    B. David
    V. Falkland
    L. Geddes
    L. Graham of Edmonton
    L. Harris of Greenwich
    L. Stone of Blackheath
    V. Tenby

with the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Advisory Panel on Works of Art

    L. Freyberg
    L. Gavron
    B. Hilton of Eggardon (Chairman)
    L. Jacobs
    L. Lloyd-Webber
    L. Mancroft
    L. Palmer
    B. Rawlings
    Ly. Saltoun of Abernethy

with the Clerk of the Parliaments.

2.   Privileges for hereditary peers excluded from the House under the House of Lords Act

The Committee have considered the question of facilities for hereditary peers excluded from the House under the House of Lords Act, and recommend that the following privileges should be granted:

  (a) Access to one of the galleries in the chamber.

  (b) On an experimental basis, the right to sit on the Steps of the Throne. This right should be reviewed if it causes inconvenience to the House, and in any event should be reviewed before the end of the current Session.

  (c) Access to the Library, except when the House is sitting, in order to consult Parliamentary papers, deposited papers, reference material, journals and periodicals held by the Library. This right would not extend to borrowing books, consulting material which would have to be brought from an outside library, using the PDVN or commissioning research by library staff.

  (d)  The right to host any pre-booked function up to the end of the current booking period (31st December 2000).

  (e)  A right to book a table for four people not more than once a month in the Peers' Guest Dining Room, to be reviewed shortly after the Summer recess 2000.

  (f)  Access to the Peers' Guest Room, in conjunction with a Guest Dining Room reservation only.

  (g)  The issue of a distinctive photographic pass.

  (h)  The right to use Peers' entrance.

  (i)  The Committee also recommend that excluded hereditary peers who were appointed by this House to be members of international assemblies should be permitted to make full use of the Library until the appointment of a successor (a maximum period of six months).



 
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