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Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th July 1991.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn , Newport West 12:00 am, 15th July 1991

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make it his policy to bar House of Commons telephones from connections to premium rate services.

Photo of Mr John MacGregor Mr John MacGregor Chair, Privileges Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Lords (Privy Council Office), Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Chair, Privileges Committee

Access to premium rate telephone services will be barred for the duration of the summer recess, and the issue will be considered again by the Accommodation and Administration Sub-Committee when the House returns.

Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn , Newport West

Does the Leader of the House think that much will be achieved by barring the services during the summer recess? Will he give us a guarantee that like most Government Departments that already have a bar on these services, the bar will continue when we return? Surely it is right that the House shows its disapproval of the majority of the services, which are extremely damaging and run by soft pornographers.

Photo of Mr John MacGregor Mr John MacGregor Chair, Privileges Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Lords (Privy Council Office), Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Chair, Privileges Committee

In view of the hon. Gentleman's request, I thought that he would welcome the fact that the chairman of the Accommodation and Administration Sub-Committee has decided to bar access to the services during the summer recess. It is a matter for the Committee to reconsider and then to take a full decision.