FOURTH REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE
ON THE HOUSE OF LORDS' OFFICES
Wednesday 27th October 1999
appointed to consider House of Lords' Offices
The Committee have met and been attended by
the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentleman Usher of the Black
1. Ancillary rights for departing hereditary
The Committee have considered a report by the
Chief Whips and the Convenor of the Cross-Bench peers on the question
of what rights and facilities might be accorded to hereditary
peers who, from the end of this session, will not be members of
the House. The Chief Whips and the Convenor had the benefit of
advice from the Refreshment and the Library and Computers Sub-Committees.
The report suggested that, if the new House was minded to grant
any facilities to departed hereditary peers, it might consider
the use of a gallery in the chamber, and limited access to certain
library and refreshment facilities.
The Committee agree with the conclusions of
the Chief Whips and the Convenor that decisions on rights and
facilities must be taken next session by the new House. The Committee
will meet early in the new session and will take into account
the views expressed by this Committee and by the Sub-Committees.
The House will be invited to take decisions on these matters as
soon as possible in the new session. In the short period between
the end of this session and the necessary decisions being taken,
the facilities of the House will not in general be open to hereditary
peers who are no longer members of the House.
The Committee have agreed a scale of charges
for the purchase of computers and printers by those departing
hereditary peers who have these items on loan from the House and
who wish to buy them. The software loaded onto those computers
is licensed to the House and is not available for sale.